Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne revealed today that he has Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disorder. He got the diagnosis last February, after suffering a fall, which required surgery.
Osbourne gave an exclusive interview to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” to make the announcement.
Robin Roberts tweeted a thanks to the Osbourne family:
“So thankful for @OzzyOsbourne & @MrsSOsbourne welcoming me into their LA home to discuss the rockstar adjusting to life with a form of #Parkinson’s. …. two of their children @KellyOsbourne & @JackOsbourne talk about how their family’s bonding together during this time.”
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: “The hardest thing is watching someone you love suffer.” Rock legend @OzzyOsbourne’s kids @JackOsbourne and @KellyOsbourne open up about their family’s new normal after their father’s Parkinson's diagnosis. https://t.co/tYd0K3rQet pic.twitter.com/8ayAFwOi9M
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 21, 2020
“It’s been terribly challenging for us all. 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,” Osbourne said.
Parkinson’s disease is marked by tremors in the hands, difficulty speaking, stiff muscles, shaking slow movements and more.
According to Wikipedia, the disease affects more than 6 million people around the world.
So thankful for @OzzyOsbourne & @MrsSOsbourne welcoming me into their LA home to discuss the rockstar adjusting to life with a form of #Parkinson's. Coming up @GMA two of their children @KellyOsbourne & @JackOsbourne talk about how their family's bonding together during this time
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) January 21, 2020
Sharon Osbourne explained a bit more about Ozzy’s disease, and shared the type.
“It’s PRKN 2. 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.”
It’s definitely not the last time we’ll hear new music from Osbourne. Loudwire writes that Osbourne’s newest album is due in February.
Fans are offering support and advice to help the Prince of Darkness with this new battle.
@ewing_nikki wrote in with her assessment.
“I am a Speech Language Pathologist in Tennessee. Ozzy needs to look into LSVT Global for the BIG and LOUD Program. Big focuses on the physical aspects and LOUD focuses on the speech aspect. This program was specifically designed for Parkinson’s patients.”
@BkzimmerBarb wrote: “Thank you for sharing your journey. It means so much for all of us dealing with this nasty disease ????.”
“I just lost my grandfather to Parkinson’s. His form is called PSP. Thank you for sharing and doing this story,” said @emg25143.
— Loudwire (@Loudwire) January 21, 2020
Osbourne is also expected to tour this year, kicking off with a show in May in Atlanta. In November, Osbourne had to push back his tour dates as a result of his health issues.
In a press release from November, Osbourne sounded hopeful that he would be back.
“I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100 percent ready to come out and knock your f——g socks off.”
It’s unknown how his Parkinson’s will further affect his scheduled tour dates.