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Ozzy Osbourne reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

By | Published on Wednesday 22 January 2020

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he has been diagnosed with a mild form of Parkinson’s disease following “the most painful and miserable year” of his life.

Speaking on ‘Good Morning America’ yesterday, he and wife Sharon said that the condition seems to have developed following surgery after the musician fell at home at the beginning of last year.

“I did my last show New Year’s Eve [2018] at the Forum [in LA]”, he said. “Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves and I found out that I have a mild form [of Parkinson’s]”.

“It’s not a death sentence”, added Sharon, “but it affects certain nerves in your body. You have a good day, a good day, then a really bad day”.

Ozzy said that he had decided to go public with his diagnosis due to ongoing rumours about the state of his health, adding: “I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it any more cos it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”

The Osbournes now plan to travel to Switzerland for specialist treatment. Sharon explains: “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”.

The musician postponed farewell tour dates several times last year. He is currently scheduled to return to the stage in the US in May, and the UK in October and November.

Watch the full interview here: