Crunch time for Ozzy! Rocker set for surgery that will 'determine the rest of his life'
The rock legend has Parkinson's disease and is dealing with some lasting damage from a quad bike accident he had in 2003
Update: Ozzy Osbourne is all set to remove and realign pins in his neck and back. The recovery will take a good amount of time after the operation and the singer will need a nurse at home, said a family source to Page Six. They further added, “Ozzy is 73 and any kind of surgery when you get older is difficult. This is quite major. He’s having the pins in his neck and back realigned from when he had a fall back in 2019. He’s been in a lot of pain."
‘Black Sabbath’ lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne is set to undergo a major surgery on Monday, June 13, caused by an accident dating back to 2019. The news was revealed by his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne on the UK morning show, ‘The Talk.’ She said, “It’s really going to determine the rest of his life.”
Sharon added that she planned to fly back home to Los Angeles to be with Ozzy during the unnamed procedure. Though Sharon did not specify what kind of surgery the 73-year-old legend is facing, Ozzy had surgery in 2019 to repair an old injury he sustained during a 2003 ATV accident. He also received another operation on his neck after a fall at home in the same year. The fall dislodged the metal rods surgically implanted in his neck following the ATV accident, resulting in 15 screws being placed in his spine. He is also amid an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
In the month of May, the legend told Classic Rock that he “can’t walk properly these days,” and that he was awaiting the follow-up procedure for his neck while undergoing physical therapy. “I am somewhat better, but nowhere near as much as I want to be to go back on the road,” he said. When asked if he ever thought about his own mortality, he said, "At f—ing 73, I’ve done pretty well," he said. "I don’t plan on going anywhere, but my time’s going to come."
Post the news of surgery broke out, fans expressed concern for the singer. One of them wrote, "Would like to keep ozzy osbourne for as long as possible pls." Another fan tweeted, "Good luck tomorrow @OzzyOsbourne!"
Describing the connection with his music, a user said, "Wishing a successful surgery and recovery. My fiance was a true Ozzy fan. That is how I started listening to his music..Thank you @OzzyOsbourne for your music. You have no idea how it affected us. When my fiance passed away unexpectedly,one of your songs was played. God Bless."
would like to keep ozzy osbourne for as long as possible pls— k (@batcarcass) June 13, 2022
Wishing a successful surgery and recovery. My fiance was a true Ozzy fan. That is how I started listening to his music..Thank you @OzzyOsbourne for your music. You have no idea how it affected us. When my fiance passed away unexpectedly,one of your songs was played. God Bless 🙏— 🌹Paula🌹 (@bugzy1205) June 13, 2022
The projects and the plans of Ozzy
In the meantime, Ozzy has kept himself busy in the studio, releasing the solo album 'Ordinary Man' in 2020, and re-teaming with that LP’s producer, Andrew Watt, for an as-yet-untitled follow-up that he recently completed. The upcoming album features guest spots from Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Chad Smith, Josh Homme, Mike McCready, Robert Trujillo, the late Taylor Hawkins and more.
Between his health issues and the pandemic, Ozzy has not been able to resume his 'No More Tours 2' farewell tour, which began in 2018. But there are current plans that call for him to hit the road again across Europe in early 2023.