The original crazy guy of rock, Ozzy Osbourne is remembered for his music and his antics. This was the guy who bit off the head of a bat onstage when someone threw one at him. Of course, at the time, he did not know the bat was real and assumed it was a toy. Ozzy is but a mere remnant of his crazy self today, and while a recent solo tour was announced, he canceled it because of health issues.
Ozzy Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a long time ago, at a time he was still doing shows and being an active performer. Luckily for him, Osbourne’s Parkinson’s is not the same as the advanced condition Michael J. Fox has. Osbourne’s condition is far more manageable but it does affect his day-to-day life’s quality and makes it a lot tougher. Any niggling infection or pain can turn out to be a side effect or even symptom of the Parkinson’s he has.
In 2003, at the age of 55, Osbourne decided it would be a good idea for him to tour the grounds of his lavish home in an ATV, or quad bike. Unfortunately for him, the ATV flipped and Osbourne was severely injured. A broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs that were pinching crucial blood vessels and broken vertebrae made this a serious accident for Osbourne. To date, he has metal rods in his back to fix his spine. But why did the accident happen?
At the time, Ozzy was dealing with his wife, Sharon Osbourne’s cancer diagnosis. He was put on an aggressive prescription pill course, supposedly to alleviate his mental stress. These very pills also made him drowsy, which was pretty obvious in the reality TV show he and his family were shooting for at the time, called The Osbournes. The accident was like a wakeup call for him and his medical team, though recuperation from his physical injuries did take a long while in happening.
In 2019, Ozzy had a bad fall at home. Unrelated to Parkinson’s, this fall jarred the metal rods in his back and has caused him constant, chronic pain. The force with which his spine hit the floor pinched it, and Ozzy had to undergo surgery to open out the pinch points. However, he seems to be in constant nerve pain now, as was apparent with the way he haltingly moved on stage with Sharon during an awards show. His upcoming tour has been canceled and Ozzy is heading to Switzerland to cope with further treatment.