Ozzy Osbourne releases heartbreaking statement as he officially retires from touring
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Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he is retiring from touring.
The legendary Black Sabbath singer has cancelled his upcoming shows and says he's physically not able to perform.
He was expected to rock out at several gigs in North America and Europe later this year, however those tickets will now all be refunded.
In a heartbreaking statement on Instagram, Osbourne said he hasn't come to this decision lightly.
"This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans," he wrote.
"As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine."
ABC News says he's undergone loads of treatment for the 2019 fall.
The incident only compounded injuries he suffered back in 2003 in a quad bike accident.
Ozzy's statement continued: "My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage.
"My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.
"I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.
"Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F**KS ME UP, more than you will ever know.
"Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.
"My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.
"I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, @JudasPriest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.
"I love you all."
In addition to the issues he's been dealing with, he revealed in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
It's unknown if he'll ever perform again live.