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Ozzy Osbourne had a challenging year. In 2019 he suffered several medical setbacks, canceled tour dates, and appeared to be confined to his home. While his children and wife have been spotted around town, Ozzy himself was nowhere to be seen for much of the year. That has led to a ton of speculation about The Prince of Darkness’ health, with several media outlets speculating that he is on his deathbed. His family has vehemently denied the claims, and Osbourne is still set to tour, eventually. So, how did the rumors get started?

Ozzy Osbourne has had a challenging year

Osbourne, 71, has been at his home recovering from a round of pretty serious medical problems. In early 2019, Osbourne was diagnosed with pneumonia. He recovered from the illness just fine, but while on the mend, he took a spill. The fall, inside his Los Angeles Home, reportedly aggravated an old injury and required the Black Sabbath frontman to undergo neck surgery, according to The Independent. The recovery has been difficult, and Osbourne claims doctors suggest full recovery could take more than a year.

Ozzy Osbourne performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater
Ozzy Osbourne | Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcp

During 2019, he also developed blood clots in his legs. The blood clots likely formed after spending so much time in bed. The famed singer was hospitalized for two months following the neck surgery. It looks like the wild rocker, known for his onstage antics, is finally feeling his age, and he has acknowledged what a trying year it has been in a recent sitdown interview. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Osbourne said, “It’s scary stuff … From 40 [years old] to 70 was OK and suddenly you get to 70 and everything caved in on me.”

Ozzy and Sharon spent Christmas apart

Osbourne’s medical issues may have started the rumors of his impending death, but the rocker’s Christmas plans further fueled speculation. Osbourne and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, spent Christmas apart for the first time in 40 years. The couple, who married in July 1982, has always ensured they were together for the holidays regardless of their schedules.

This year though, Sharon had a work commitment in the United Kingdom, and Ozzy was advised, by his doctors, not to fly, so they were forced to spend their first Christmas apart. Ozzy’s inability to fly further fueled rumors that he was so ill that he didn’t even know what was going on or what time of the year it was. The family has vehemently denied the claims.  Ozzy did share the holiday with his children and grandchildren, though and from the looks of it was not confined to bed.

Is Ozzy Osbourne on his deathbed?

While Ozzy has had a pretty challenging year with his health, it appears as though he is on the mend. He was spotted out and about with his wife on Jan. 3, and while he still has some progress to make before he takes the stage once again, he appears to be far from his deathbed. In fact, the entire Osbourne family insists he is recovering beautifully from a string of terrible luck.

Both Sharon and Kelly Osbourne have addressed the claims, lambasting reports of Ozzy’s impending death. Sharon used her show, The Talk, to send the message to the world. Kelly, on the other hand, used social media to share the truth with her followers.