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Ozzy Osbourne photographed with wife Sharon and daughter Kelly

Post Malone Says Ozzy Osbourne Is Beating Parkinson's and Will "Keep Kicking Ass"

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By Ali Gonzalez

It was a sad day for rock fans recently when iconic English rock star Ozzy Osbourne opened up to the world about suffering from Parkinson's disease. The famed Black Sabbath singer, whose career has spanned multiple decades and includes an infamous reality TV series that lasted four seasons on MTV from 2002 to 2005—The Osbournes—revealed the heartbreaking diagnosis in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

Now rapper Post Malone, who collaborated with Osbourne on the song "Take What You Want" off Malone's third studio album released September 2019— Hollywood's Bleeding— (a very Ozzy Osbourne-esque title if we've ever heard one), is coming out in support of his friend and idol.

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Malone told Rolling Stone that Osbourne is "going to keep kicking ass," and said he is "so strong," despite the destructive effect Parkinson's has on the central nervous system. Having just performed their song together on stage in November for the American Music Awards along with Travis Scott who is also featured on the album, Malone told Rolling Stone via phone interview that he had "no idea" Osbourne's condition was serious after "working with him and hanging out with him and being around him."

"You can't tell," Malone said, which is great to hear at this stage in the game.

Osbourne, whose quirky personality and out-there sense of humor has enamored him to the public beyond his one-of-a-kind musical talent, just walked the Grammys red carpet on Sunday night in Los Angeles. He also stood alongside wife, Sharon, as presenters during the awards show, while she hilariously announced the nominees for best Rap/Sung performance.

The Twitter-verse went wild for Osbourne's proper and polite British pronunciation of the rappers' names and songs in the category, like "Da Baby" and "Lil Nas X," with fans begging to have her present at the Grammys more often.

Osbourne told Good Morning America he found out about the disease after experiencing a bad fall last February. In the wake of the fall, he canceled his world tour and said after the diagnosis it was difficult to tell whether his nerve pain and numbness were from the fall, or the Parkinson's.

His wife of 38 years told Robin Roberts it was PRKN 2 and explained that this type of Parkinson's is not "a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination." Though there is currently no cure for the degenerative disease, Osbourne himself said he's doing a lot better than he was last February, when he was in a "shocking state."

In typical Osbourne family flair, the whole clan has rallied around their patriarch, doing what they can to make him smile.

In fact it was Kelly who coordinated the Post Malone collaboration after she met one of the track's co-producers, Andrew Watt, at a party.

"Post has been a huge Ozzy fan since he was a kid,” Louis Bell, the other co-producer told Billboard. Watt pitched Kelly the idea of Post and Ozzy working together, and kept in touch with her over text message. Eventually she told him: "Dad’s going to do the song. He loves it.’” The singer's only daughter, who is known for her deep affinity for her father, clearly knows what Dad needs. In the family's interview with Good Morning America, she noted: "The only thing I know is what can I do to make him smile? I know going to the studio makes him happy. That's what I did. Everything else was him."

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