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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease In Emotional Interview

Ozzy Osbourne Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease In Emotional Interview

The 71-year-old rock legend explained how he's hidden his condition for a year

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he has Parkinson's in an emotional interview.

The 71-year-old and his wife Sharon spoke to Good Morning America, and revealed that he could no longer hide his health struggles.

The rock icon explained that it all started when he had to have surgery last year and began to experience nerve pain.

He said: "Well, it has been terribly challenging for us all. I did my last show on New Year's Eve... I had a bad fall and had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves in. And I found out I have a mild form..."

Interjecting, 67-year-old Sharon explained: "Parkin 2 which is a form of Parkinson's and it is - 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.

"It's like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day."

Ozzy said he was in a 'shocking state' a year ago.
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Ozzy continued: "A year ago next month, I was in a shocking state," adding: "I'm on a host of medication, mainly for this surgery. I've got numbness down this arm from the surgery, my legs are going cold. I don't know if it's the Parkinson's or what. That's the problem."

Sharon went on to say: "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.

"So in April we're going to a professor in Switzerland and he deals with getting your immune system at it's peak. We're going to go where ever we can go to seek answers."

Explaining that he felt 'guilty' by not saying anything, Ozzy said: "I'm no good with secrets, I cannot walk around with it anymore. Because it's like I'm running out of excuses."

Sharon said Ozzy's fans were the 'air that he breathes'.
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Speaking of his fans, Ozzy said: "I feel better now I've owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson's. I just hope they hang out and are there for me because I need them.

"They're my, they're my air, you know," getting emotional, Sharon added: "It just means so much to him what he does, he loves to perform, it is the air that he breathes.

"This is the longest he's ever been home and it's time for him to get back on the road because he's driving me mad."

Passing on a message to his fans, he said: "I just can't wait to get well and I'll see you on the road again. That's what's killing me. I need it you know, that's my drug today. Done all the other crap - left that by the wayside, survived that and I ain't done yet and I ain't gonna go anywhere yet."

Featured Image Credit: ABC/Good Morning America

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