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Ozzy Osbourne will undergo “major surgery” on Monday, according to his wife Sharon, who spoke briefly about her husband’s difficult surgery during a recent appearance on her British chat show Talk TV.
The 73-year-old Black Sabbath singer has struggled with neck problems after a quad bike accident for nearly two decades, but the nature of the specific medical procedure he will require remains unclear.
“He has major surgery on Monday and I need to be there,” she told her fellow panelists. “It’s really going to define the rest of his life.”
Sharon, who will be celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary with Ozzy in July, admitted she had to fly back to Los Angeles to be with her husband for surgery.
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“I’m just waiting for another operation on my neck,” he told Classic Rock magazine in May. “I can’t walk well these days. I have physical therapy every morning. I’m a little better, but not nearly as much as I’d like to get back on the road.”
When asked if he’d ever thought about his own mortality, Ozzy said he was optimistic about his future when he looked back on the past.
“I did pretty well at 73,” he said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere, but my time will come.”
He also spoke about another challenging topic for the family: frugality. After decades of alcohol and drug problems, Ozzy struggled with his substance abuse issues and chose to sober up eight years ago.
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“I hope so,” he said when asked if he’s sober forever 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 today will be fine I guess. I don’t know how it’s tomorrow.’
Ozzy and Sharon’s son, Jack Osbourne, 36, has 18 years of sobriety under his belt, and while their daughter Kelly, 37, made a minor mistake on her sobriety journey last year, she is currently pregnant and expecting her first child with friend Sid Wilson of SlipKnot.
Ozzy and Sharon also have daughter Aimee, 38, who recently survived a fatal fire at a Hollywood recording studio. Aimee and her producer escaped the building unharmed.
The Osbournes became a household name in the early 2000s when MTV shone a light into their lives as famous stars — and the children of rock royalty — with an unscripted show about the 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 loosened metal screws in his spine (from the quad bike crash in 2003), which required neck and back surgery.
“It was pitch dark when I fell,” he recalls. “I went to the bathroom and I fell. I just fell and landed like a slap on the floor and I remember laying there and thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now’, really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that it went downhill.”
The family also opened up about Ozzy being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that can cause tremors and balance problems, 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; it’s not a death sentence, but it affects certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like having a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”