'Worst year of my life': Ozzy Osbourne reveals shock diagnosis

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Ozzy Osbourne reveals his Parkinson's Parkin 2 diagnosis on Good Morning America.
Ozzy Osbourne, 71, has revealed his Parkinson's diagnosis. Photo: Good Morning America.

Shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne, 71, has revealed his secret battle Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition.

The Black Sabbath star has a ‘mild form’ of Parkin 2, which is a form of Parkinson's disease, that was discovered after he suffered a fall at his home over a year ago.

“It was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life,” the ‘Prince of Darkness’ revealed in a joint interview on Good Morning America with his wife Sharon Osbourne, 67.

“It has been terribly challenging for us. I had to have surgery on my neck [after the fall] which screwed all my nerves. I found out that I have a mild form of...” he trailed off before his wife of almost three decades jumped in.

“It's Parkin 2 which is a form of Parkinson's,” Sharon finished off his sentence.

“There are so many different types of Parkinson's. It's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination but it does affect the nerves in your body. It's like you'll have a good day, then a good day and then a really bad day,” she told GMA host Robin Roberts.

Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne attend the after party for the special screening of Momentum Pictures' 'A Million Little Pieces' on December 04, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
Ozzy and Sharon with their daughter Kelly in December 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

The father-of-six also admitted that he suffers from numbness and said he's not sure if it’s related to Parkinson's.

“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,” he added.

Overseas treatment

The couple is now looking to seek treatment for Ozzy in Switzerland after exhausting the medical options available in the United States where they call home.

“We're going to go wherever we can go to find answers,” Sharon said of their trip in April to seek advice from a Parkinson's specialist.

“We're lucky we can afford to do that,” Ozzy added.

Ozzy Osbourne performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
Ozzy performed at the 2019 American Music Awards in November 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

“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. I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s” he said.

And the rock legend is keen to get back on the road despite the diagnosis.

“This is the longest he's ever been home. He really needs to get back out now,” Sharon revealed.

“I just can't wait to get well and get on the road again that's what's killing me. I need it you know - that's my drug. I ain't going anywhere yet,” Ozzy added.

In February 2019, Ozzy was rushed to an intensive care unit after being hospitalised with a severe case of flu.

A month earlier, he postponed his the UK and European leg of his ‘No More Tours 2’ world tour due to ill health.

Additional reporting by BANG Showbiz.

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