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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Doesn't Worry About Death Following Parkinson's Diagnosis

Claire Reid

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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Doesn't Worry About Death Following Parkinson's Diagnosis

Ozzy Osbourne has said he doesn't think he will be here 'that much longer' than 15 years as he opens up about his Parkinson's diagnosis.

The 71-year-old told fans he was living with Parkinson's disease earlier this month, prompting an influx of support.

Ozzy Osbourne and wife, Sharon. Credit: PA
Ozzy Osbourne and wife, Sharon. Credit: PA

In an interview with Kerrang!, Ozzy said: "Do I ever think about when my time's gonna come? I think about it, I don't worry about it.

"I won't be here in another 15 years or whatever, not that much longer, but I don't dwell on it. It's gonna happen to us all."

He added: "Am I happy now? No. I haven't got my health. That thing knocked the s**t out of me, man, but I'm still here.

"In fact, I worried about [death] more when I was younger than I do now. I just try to enjoy things as much as possible, even though that's so f**king hard sometimes."

Ozzy revealed the sad news in an emotional interview on Good Morning America last week, where he sat alongside his wife Sharon.

The legendary rocker 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."

He went on to say that not sharing the news with his fans left him feeling 'guilty', adding: "I'm no good with secrets, I cannot walk around with it anymore. Because it's like I'm running out of excuses.

"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 air, you know."

He also vowed to keep performing, despite his diagnosis, promising fans: "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: PA

Topics: Celebrity, Music

Claire Reid
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