Ozzy Osbourne has issued a brief statement to fans after revealing he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Osbourne shared in a message on social media, “Thank you all so much for your well-wishes. It means the absolute world to me. All my love, Ozzy.”
Osbourne appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday (January 21) where he was joined by his wife/manager, Sharon, and children, Jack and Kelly and announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in February 2019. Sharon detailed the diagnosis to GMA’s Robin Roberts saying, “It’s PRKN 2. 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.
Ozzy opened up about living with Parkinson’s saying, “I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold. 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…I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
On top of dealing with his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Ozzy had to undergo surgery last year after suffering a nasty fall in his home that dislodged metal rods in his body that were implanted after his ATV accident in 2003 that nearly killed him. Sharon said on GMA that Ozzy will be seeing a doctor in Switzerland in April that “deals with getting your immune system at its peak.”
Whether this will change Ozzy’s upcoming touring plans is not yet known, but he’s determined to get back on stage. “They’re my air, you know…And I just hope they hand on and they’re there for me because I need them, ” said Ozzy about his fans. “I wanna see my people, you know…I miss them so much.”