Ozzy Osbourne Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

2020-01-21

Ozzy Osbourne publicity photo – Story by Anne Erickson

Ozzy Osbourne has been battling Parkinson’s Disease since last February. He opens up about his diagnosis in a new interview with “Good Morning America”

Metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he has been battling Parkinson’s disease since last February. The news comes roughly one month before Osbourne releases his new solo album, “Ordinary Man.”

Speaking exclusively with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” today (Jan. 21), Osbroune, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, explained what he has been going through since February, including a fall at home, as well as a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne said to Roberts in the interview. “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.”

While fans were aware of the fall, Osbourne kept his Parkinson’s disease private, until now. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that usually progresses slowly, and so far, there is no cure.

Osbourne still plans to tour and promote “Ordinary Man” this year. He’s had time to recover and says he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.

Osbourne says the time off was hard, but necessary. “Coming from a working class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job,” he said. “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.”

“But you know, put it this way — I’m a lot better now than I was last February,” he added. “I was in a shocking state.”

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