Ozzy Osbourne Reveals He Has Parkinson’s – Will He Still Perform?
Shock rockers are known for scaring audiences with their music and theatrics. However, Ozzy Osbourne is scaring his fans with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Here is what Osbourne had to say about the disease and his future as an entertainer.
Ozzy Osbourne’s struggle with Parkinson’s
According to CNN, Osbourne said “I feel better now that I’ve owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s.” The BBC says he admitted “I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it any more ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
NBC reports Osbourne said “It’s been terribly challenging for us all. 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.”
CNN reported Osbourne said “When I had the fall it was pitch black. I went to the bathroom and I fell.” Describing the incident, he said he “just fell and landed like a slam on the floor.”
Ozzy Osbourne felt he was going to die
During the conversation, Osbourne continued “I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now.’’ Despite Osbourne’s dire circumstance and his flair for the dramatic, he felt calm in that moment. He recalled “Sharon got me an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill.”
Osbourne also revealed he’s been recovering from the fall for around 11 months. The Guardian reports Osbourne said “Next month, a year. Worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life.” He added “I’ve got numbness down this arm from surgery, my legs going cold. I don’t know if that’s Parkinson’s or what. That’s the problem, because they cut my nerves when they did the surgery.”
CNN reports Sharon Osbourne said “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s. It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. It’s like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day.”
Is this the end of his career?
Osbourne’s wife explained her family’s plan to deal with her husband’s health, reports the BBC. “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. So in April, we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with…getting your immune system at its peak.”
Osbourne hopes his fans will be a positive influence at this time. According to CNN, he said “I just hope [fans of mine] hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.” Osbourne does not believe this is the end of his career as an entertainer. NBC says he added “I can’t wait to get off my *ss and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100 percent ready to come out and knock your f*cking socks off.”