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Ozzy Osbourne and his wife and daughter.

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels His North American Tour to Recover

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By Trace Alan Salzbrenner

Ozzy Osbourne is a legend amongst men in the world of rock music. He has been a huge influence on many genres of music and has been an icon for angst and rebellion everywhere.

However, he is still human and this rockstar has had to cancel his North American tour due to health issues from his recent diagnosis. The Prince of Darkness announced not long ago that he has Parkinson's disease and it has had a tremendous effect on his life.

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Ozzy with his daughter at the Grammys.
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In a news story from Fox News, a press release given to the news outlet states that the tour was canceled "to allow Osbourne to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year."

The press release also states that the rocker will be going to Europe to receive additional treatment after the release of his new album "Ordinary Man." He, allegedly, has promotional obligations that he must attend to before he can go to Europe.

Ozzy performing on stage.
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The release had a statement from Ozzy that said, "I'm so thankful that everyone has been patient because I've had a sh*t year. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six [to] eight weeks."

He continues, "I don't want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it's just not fair to the fans. I'd rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time."

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne on the Grammys stage.
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Ozzy Osbourne revealed his life-changing diagnosis in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. In a recounting of how the diagnosis came to be, Ozzy said, "When I had the fall, it was pitch black. I went to the bathroom and I fell. I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor and I remember lying there thinking, 'Well, you've done it now,' really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill."

Ozzy posing for the camera.
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The 71-year-old rock legend has PRKN 2, as revealed by his wife Sharon on that interview. She states, "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. And, it's -- it's like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day."

There is no telling when Ozzy will be well enough to go on another tour but luckily his new album comes out February 21st to give us our fix.

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