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Ozzy Osbourne's Been Secretly Living With Parkinson's Disease For The Past Year

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By Whitney Vasquez

Ozzy Osbourne announced he's living with Parkinson's disease in an emotional interview with "Good Morning America." The 71-year-old "Prince of Darkness" opened up about his health while speaking with Robin Roberts as he sat next to his wife, Sharon Osbourne, who wept over his big reveal. "It's been terribly challenging for us all," Ozzy Osbourne told Roberts. "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."

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Saying he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people last February. Parkinson's has no cure, but his wife wants everyone to know "it's not a death sentence." Telling Robin Roberts that "it's PRKN 2," Sharon Osbourne continued, "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."

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Ozzy Osbourne has been taking it easy at home after postponing his world tour last year and said he's been taking Parkinson's medication and nerve pills. "I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold," he said. "I don't know if that's the Parkinson's or what, you know, but that's -- see, that's the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I'd never heard of nerve pain, and it's a weird feeling."

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The rock legend is also seeking treatment with doctors outside of the United States. "We've kind of reached a point here in this country where we can't go any further because we've got all the answers we can get here," said Sharon. "So in April -- we're going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with -- getting your immune system at its peak." Coming out about his diagnosis, Ozzy Osbourne is hoping fans continue supporting him. "They're my air, you know," he said of his fans. "I feel better. I've owned up to the fact that I have -- a case of Parkinson's. And I just hope they hang on and they're there for me because I need them."

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