After tragically losing her father, Don Arden, to Alzheimer's in 2007, Sharon Osbourne feared she too might be at risk of developing the debilitating disease.
In a new interview, the Osbourne matriarch revealed she and her husband of 33 years, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, both decided to undergo genetic testing to determine if they are carriers of the genes responsible for dementia. And what Sharon learned frightened her.
"The results show I have two of the four genes that give it to you. They're not the two major genes, but they're still there and I have them," 'The Talk' host, 62, revealed to 'The Daily Mirror' of the genome test results.
Sharon's father, Don, at his home in 1995. (Photo Credit: Getty)
“I was terrified because my dad died from Alzheimer’s,” she added. “There is nothing I can do to prevent it, nothing."
Sharon's father, Don, worked as a music promoter and manager for the rock band Black Sabbath before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's around 2004. He passed away in July 2007 at age 81.
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“It is the most soul-destroying disease. To see someone you love come down with it... it’s wicked, it really is," she said.
Sharon and Ozzy in January 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty)
Sharon additionally noted her husband's exam revealed the former Black Sabbath lead singer is in good health despite his past addictions to drugs and alcohol.
“So Ozzy had it done and, unbelievably, he came out so clean. He came out allergic to alcohol, coffee and dust. Dust! He is so healthy, it’s ridiculous," she told the publication.
Sharon — who is mom to Aimee, 32, Kelly, 30, and Jack, 29 — previously battled colon cancer in 2002, but conquered the illness against a 33-percent survival prognosis.
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