It hasn’t been an easy few years for Ozzy Osbourne, who has struggled with a slew of health issues since mid-2018. In addition to experiencing a case of pneumonia and several surgeries, the iconic rock ‘n’ roller revealed he has a “mild” form of Parkinson’s disease. Ozzy shared the news of his diagnosis during an appearance on Good Morning America.
“It’s PRKN2,” his wife, Sharon Osbourne, specified in the emotional interview in January 2020. The Talk alum went on to explain there are “so many different types of Parkinson’s” and that this is “not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body.”
Ozzy said he finally decided to share the news with his fans following an extremely tumultuous journey. “I’m no good with secrets,” continued the former Black Sabbath frontman, who is taking nerve pills and medication to treat his condition. “I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
Also in his interview with GMA, the “Crazy Train” crooner — who shares kids Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne and Jack Osbourne with Sharon — candidly opened up about an extremely traumatic fall he suffered around late 2018.
“When I had the fall it was pitch black, I went to the bathroom and I fell,” he explained. “I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor and I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now,’ really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill.”
In September 2019, Ozzy told The Sun that the tragic accident dislodged metal rods in his body — which were surgically inserted following a scary quad accident in December 2003 — and left him with 15 more metal screws in his spine. Overall, Ozzy underwent three operations.
Although the doting dad kept quiet following the fall, he explained he didn’t realize the severity of his injuries. “It wasn’t really a problem for a while,” he dished. “I never noticed any difference. Sharon was saying, ‘Are you OK? You seem different.'”
After opening up about the heartbreaking accident — which came on top of other health issues, including pneumonia, surgery for an infection in his hand and another hospitalization following complications from the flu, Ozzy couldn’t be more grateful to be alive.
“[It] was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life,” he confessed.
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