The past 12 months have been quite hard for him, as he was diagnosed with pneumonia and also suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home.
Legendary singer Ozzy Osbourne has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He and his family have now opened up about his ongoing health battle, reports People. On Tuesday, the musician, his wife Sharon Osbourne and his children Jack Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne, sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to discuss the icon’s health. “It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Ozzy, 71, said, describing the past 12 months. During the time, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and also suffered a fall in his Los Angeles home. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves,” he said.
Ozzy then went on to reveal that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which is a nervous system disorder that affects movement, according to the Mayo Clinic. “It’s PRKN2,” Sharon, 67, further explained, adding that his disease is “not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination.” “It’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day,” she continued.
Ozzy admitted that he thought this was the right time to tell the world what he was dealing with. “I’m no good with secrets,” he said. “I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?” The singer, who had to postpone his back-end of the 2019 tour in April, is now on Parkinson's medication and nerve pills. “Coming from a working-class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job,” Ozzy added.
“And so when I see my wife goin’ to work, my kids goin’ to work, everybody’s doing — tryin’ to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family, you know.” Sharon revealed that the next step is to get Ozzy to meet “a professional in Switzerland” in April who specializes in “getting your immune system at its peak.” She added, “We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here.”
Ozzy is, however, eager to get back to his music scene and get back to his ever-doting fans. “They’re my air, you know,” he said. “I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have — a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.” Sharon, on the other hand, is quite confident about Ozzy. “He’s gonna get back out there,” she asserted. “And he’s gonna do what he loves to do; I know it.”
Now that they've revealed the news to the world, the Osbournes are overwhelmed with all the love and support they've been receiving. Sharon said, "Just to have all this outpouring of positive reaction from everyone that watches the show, and our friends, it’s heartwarming. And I know that Ozzy will be just over the moon. He will be taken aback.” As for Sharon herself? “I’m good. I feel very good. I feel very strong,” she said. “People have been amazing with their outpouring of love for my husband, and I thank you. Friends that we haven’t spoken to in years have come out and supported Ozzy, and it makes me feel good. And to everyone, thank you.”