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Ozzy Osbourne Announces His Parkinson's Diagnosis, And Fans Are Distraught

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By Clark Sparky

Legendary rock musician Ozzy Osbourne made the troubling announcement on Tuesday morning that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He appeared on "Good Morning America" along with his wife, Sharon, and two kids, Jack and Kelly, to open up to Robin Roberts about the diagnosis.

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"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," Sharon said during the interview. "It's like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day."

"It's been terribly challenging for us all," Ozzy added. "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.

"I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold," he continued "I don't know if that's the Parkinson's or what, you know, but that's — see, that's the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I'd never heard of nerve pain, and it's a weird feeling."

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Ozzy and his family have denied rumors of a serious medical condition the last several months, but he said it was time for him to come clean to the fans.

"I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore 'cause it's like I'm running out of excuses, you know?" he said.

Fans hoped on social media after the announcement to send their thoughts to the Black Sabbath singer.

"I’m 57 and have been a huge fan for many years! I remember hearing Ironman in 1975 for the first time! I hope and wish you the best and comfort in this trying time for you and your family! ROCK ON OZZ!!!" one said.

"I watched and cried when Sharon did. It's heartbreaking to see what Ozzy is going thru. He is a legend and his fans love him. Thank you for opening up. We will ROCK with you Ozzy til the end. Can't wait to see him out on the road again," another wrote.

"Watching you on @GMA this morning, God bless you and your family. Got tix to see you in Maine this summer,I know you will be strong and fight your battle because your Ozzy," a third commented.

"Best wishes as you deal with your situation. Love you Man. Get Well, we got your back," another fan offered.

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