British musician John Michael Osbourne, better known by his stage name Ozzy Osbourne, was born on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England. He first rose to fame as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and later went on to have a successful solo career.
Osbourne, who came from a working-class household, quit school when he was 15 and worked a series of low-paying jobs. He committed minor crimes and spent two months in jail when he was 17 for burglary. Following his release, he began singing in local bands before teaming up with guitarist Tony Iommi to form the legendary rock band Earth.
Black Sabbath was chosen as the band’s new moniker after the classic Boris Karloff horror film of the same name was released. The band gained notoriety with its tendency to reference the occult in its songs and established a grinding, foreboding sound that was based on the blues but severely amplified. Black Sabbath’s first album, self-titled, was released in February 1970, and the band soon gained a fanbase in both Britain and the United States.
Sharon Osbourne, Osbourne’s wife, recently disclosed that Ozzy will undergo surgery that may have long-term consequences for his health.
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The 69-year-old America’s Got Talent judge said on the June 10 broadcast of The Talk UK, “He has a very important procedure on Monday, and I have to be there.” “It’s going to have a huge impact on the rest of his life,” Sharon said that the rock star, 73, was in high spirits before his hospital admission on Monday, June 13. She did not provide any other specifics about the treatment.
Ozzy asked me today, “Have you been fired yet?” when we talked about the operation. I told him, “No!” “This is a first!” the British TV host joked.
Sharon thanked her Instagram followers “for all the!” the day after her announcement by posting a video of herself talking about Ozzy’s health. The official Instagram account Talk UK for The also expressed their good wishes, writing, “Hope to see you soon Sharon, extending our love from everyone at The Talk to you, Ozzy, and the rest of your family x.”
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The leader of the Black Sabbath has experienced a number of health issues in recent years. Ozzy Osbourne announced his diagnosis with Parkinson’s illness in 2020 January. During an appearance on Good Morning America, he stated, “It’s been tremendously tough for us all.” New Year’s Eve was my last performance at The Forum.
Then I tripped and fell hard. I had to have surgery on my neck, which twisted all my nerves.” Soon after, he received a diagnosis and started treatment to reverse the damage to his nervous system.
His reaction to surgery was essential in his diagnosis: “I had a numbness down [my] arm for the surgery, my legs keep turning chilly,” he recalled. That’s the problem; I don’t know if it’s Parkinson’s or what. Surgical incisions often result in nerve damage. Nerve pain is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Sharon elaborated, “There’s a wide variety of Parkinson’s disease. It’s not terminal, yet it can be debilitating to the nervous system nonetheless. A good day, another good day, and then a really horrible day—how that’s it seems to go.
The Prince of Darkness first denied he was battling Parkinson’s disease before eventually admitting as much. “I’m no good with secrets,” Ozzy Osbourne stated about going open with fans. That’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?… I can’t go out in public with it anymore. I really hope [my fans] stick on and they’re there for me because I need them.”
To “enable him to continue to recover from various health challenges he has battled over the past year,” Ozzy postponed the North American dates of his No More Tours 2 tour a month after his GMA interview. The “Crazy Train” rocker then headed to Europe to see a doctor for medical treatment.
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“I’m very thankful that everyone has been patient since I’ve had an s–t year,” he stated in a statement in February 2020. Since the treatment in Switzerland takes six to eight weeks, I will not be able to travel there until April. For the sake of my loyal fan base, I would rather not embark on a tour only to have to abruptly postpone some of the performances.