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Ozzy Will Eventually Leave 'Body of Work' To His Children

By Kevin JP

In a reaction to news reports that legendary actor Kirk Douglas just left a large chunk of his estate to his own charity, Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, voiced her opinion about what will happen with her husband's body of work upon the couple's passing. Douglas, who died earlier this month at age 103, left a substantial portion of his $61 million to the Douglas Foundation, and not to his family. Recognizing that everyone is not the same, she went on to express her opinion.

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Sharon Says

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During a recent of her daytime TV show 'The Talk', Sharon Osbourne said "Listen, everybody is different. And I just know that my husband's body of work, that he's written, and kept us all in the lifestyle that we love, goes to my children. And his name and likeness goes to my children. 'Cause you leave your name and likeness, and I don't want someone that never met my husband owning his name and likeness, and selling t-shirts everywhere and whatever. No, it stays in the Osbourne family."

She Begs To Differ

However, her fellow co-host Marie Osmond seemed to side with the decision of Kirk Douglas, saying, 'People say, 'Who are you going to leave your money to?' Your kids will say, 'Are you going to leave the money to me?' I'm not leaving any money to my children.' Osmond continued, 'My husband and I decided, I think you do a great disservice to your children to just hand them a fortune because you take away the one most important gift you can give your children and that's the ability to work.'

For A Different Reason

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Kirk Douglas was an entertainer, actor and Hollywood icon, but Ozzy Osbourne might be in a slightly different position as a recording artist who almost singlehandedly represents the genre of heavy metal music he's been recording and performing for over fifty years. Sharon seems to be concerned more so with the fact that she wants her children and no one else to control what happens to Ozzy's likeness upon the couple's death, rather than necessarily having an opposition to being charitable in any way.

Agree or Disagree?

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But, Sharon does point out that she wants the fortune that's a result of Ozzy's work, which has provided them a certain lifestyle, to also go to the kids. Fellow longtime rocker Gene Simmons chimed in, also agreeing with Osmond. 'What I wanna do is what every bird does in its nest — it forces the kids to go out there and figure it out for themselves. By the way, in terms of an inheritance and stuff, they're gonna be taken care of, but they will never be rich off my money', said Simmons.

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