Ozzy Osbourne will have “major surgery” on Monday, according to his wife Sharon, who briefly spoke about her husband’s difficult surgery during a recent appearance on her British talk show Talk TV.
The 73-year-old Black Sabbath singer has struggled with neck problems following a quad bike accident for nearly two decades, but the type of specific medical procedure he’ll need remains unclear.
“He has a major operation on Monday and I have to be there,” she told her interlocutors. “It’s really going to define the rest of his life.”
Sharon, who will celebrate her 40th wedding anniversary with Ozzy in July, admitted she had to fly back to Los Angeles to be with her husband for the surgery.
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“I’m just waiting for another surgery on my neck,” 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 not nearly as much as I would like to be able to get back on the road.”
When asked if he’s ever thought about his own mortality, Ozzy said he’s optimistic about his future as he looks back on the past.
“I did pretty well at f—ing 73,” he said. “I have no plans to go anywhere, but my time will come.”
He also addressed another challenging issue for the family — sobriety. After decades of drinking and drug problems, Ozzy faced his drug problems head-on and decided to get sober eight years ago.
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“I hope so,” he said when asked if he’s now sober for life. “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 do drugs today. So today everything will be fine, I suppose. Me don’t know what tomorrow is.”
Ozzy and Sharon’s son Jack Osbourne, 36, is 18 years sober under his belt and while their daughter Kelly, 37, had a minor slip on her sobriety journey last year, she is currently pregnant and expecting her first child with boyfriend Sid Wilson from SlipKnot.
Ozzy and Sharon also have daughter Aimee, 38, who recently survived a fatal fire at a Hollywood recording studio. Aimee escaped the building with her producer unharmed.
The Osbournes became a household name in the early 2000s when MTV shed a light on their lives as famous stars — and the children of rock royalty — with an unscripted show about family. The series premiered in 2002 and ran for four seasons, with a final curtain call in 2005.
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In 2019, the Osbourne family spoke to Robin Roberts about “Good morning Americaabout Ozzy’s incident where he fell in the shower and dislodged metal screws in his spine (from the quad bike collision in 2003), necessitating neck and back surgery.
“When I fell, it was pitch black,” he recalls. “I went into the bathroom and fell. I just fell and landed like a bang on the floor and I remember lying there and thinking, ‘Well, you’ve made it now’, really calm.” Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that it just went downhill.”
The family also spoke about Ozzy being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that can cause tremors and balance problems, as well as slow movement. There is no known cure for the disease.
“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon told GMA. “There are so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any means, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”