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Ozzy Osbourne will undergo a “major operation on Monday”, according to his wife Sharon, who briefly opened up about her husband’s difficult operation during a recent appearance on her UK chat show Talk TV.
The 73-year-old Black Sabbath singer has battled neck problems for nearly two decades following a quad accident, but it remains unclear what specific medical procedure he needs.
“He has major surgery on Monday, and I have to be there,” she told her fellow panelists. “It will really determine the rest of his life.”
Sharon, who will celebrate her 40th wedding anniversary with Ozzy in July, admitted she had to return to Los Angeles to be with her husband for the operation.
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“I’m just waiting for another neck surgery,” he told Classic Rock magazine in May. “I can’t walk properly these days. I have physical therapy every morning. I’m a little better, but nowhere near as much as I would like to get back on the road.”
When asked if he ever thought about his own mortality, Ozzy said he felt optimistic about his future as he looked back on the past.
“At f—ing 73, I did pretty well,” he said. “I have no intention of going anywhere, but my time will come.”
He also touched on another difficult subject for the family: sobriety. After decades of alcohol and drug problems, Ozzy faced his addiction issues and chose to get sober eight years ago.
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“I hope so,” he said when asked if he’s sober for life now. “I take it one day at a time. If I drink, I will drink. But I don’t want to drink today. I don’t want to smoke tobacco today. I don’t want to take drugs today. So I’m going to be fine today, I guess, I don’t know about tomorrow.
Ozzy and Sharon’s son, Jack Osbourne, 36, has 18 years of sobriety under his belt, and although their daughter Kelly, 37, had a small mistake on her sobriety journey last year, she is currently pregnant and expecting her first child with boyfriend Sid Wilson of SlipKnot.
Ozzy and Sharon also have daughter Aimee, 38, who recently survived a fatal fire at a Hollywood recording studio. Aimee escaped the building unharmed with her producer.
The Osbournes became a household name in the early 2000s when MTV spotlighted their lives as famous stars — and children of rock royalty — with an unscripted show about the family. The series premiered in 2002 and ran for four seasons, with a final encore in 2005.
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In 2019, the Osbourne family spoke with Robin Roberts about “hello americaabout Ozzy’s incident where he fell in the shower and dislodged metal screws in his spine (from the 2003 quad crash), requiring neck and back surgery.
“When I did the fall, it was pitch dark,” he recalls. “I went to the bathroom and I fell. I just fell and landed like a smack on the floor and I remember laying there thinking, ‘Well you’ve done it now’ , really calm Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, everything was downhill.”
The family also spoke about Ozzy being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that can cause tremors and balance issues, as well as slowness of movement. There is no known cure for the disease.
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“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon told GMA. “There are so many different types of Parkinson’s disease; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it affects certain nerves in your body. And it’s – it’s like you had a good day, a good day, then a really bad day.”