Ozzy Osbourne reveals he has Parkinson's disease in emotional interview
Ozzy Osbourne revealed today that he has Parkinson's disease in an interview with Good Morning America with his wife, Sharon.
The Black Sabbath frontman asserted that he could no longer hide his health struggles, and that he is currently on a "whole host" of medication to treat his nerve pain. The trouble reportedly began when he suffered a fall last year, which necessitated surgery.
Osbourne, who is known as the Prince of Darkness, then proceeded to quell rumours that he was on his "deathbed", insisting that he was now taking the opportunity to "own up" to the condition for the sake of his fans.
Watch the emotional interview below:
"It has been terribly challenging for us. I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves. I found out that I have a mild form of...." he said continued, before turning to his wife.
"It's Parkin 2 which is a form of Parkinson's. There are so many different types of Parkinson's," the former X Factor continued. "It's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination but it does effect the nerves in your body. It's like you'll have a good day, then a good day and then a really bad day."
"A year ago I was in a terrible state. I'm on a host of medication, mainly for the surgery. I've got numbness down this arm and my legs are going cold. I don't know if it's the Parkinson's or what. That's the problem," Osbourne added.
The couple then disclosed that they have exhausted medical options in the US, and will be travelling to Switzerland in April to consult with a professor who specialises in the condition. "We're going to go wherever we can go to find answers," Sharon said, while Osbourne stated "We're lucky we can afford to do that".
"To hide something is hard - you never feel proper. You feel guilty. I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore. It's like I'm running out of excuses," the 71-year-old continued. "I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson's."
He is, however, determined to get healthy and start touring again. "This is the longest he's ever been home. He really needs to get back out now," Sharon corroborated.
The musician added, "I just can't wait to get well and get on the road again that's whats killing me. I need it you know- that's my drug."
"I ain't going anywhere yet."