The music world received another shock this morning (January 21) when Ozzy Osbourne speaking on Good Morning America, revealed he had a form of Parkinson’s disease.
Osburne said that he discovered that he had the degenerative condition during his recovery from the fall that forced him to cancel his 2019 tour plans: “It’s been terribly challenging for us all. I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
Sharon Osbourne, who sat in on the interview, said “It’s PRKN 2, which is a form of Parkinson’s. There are so many different types of Parkinson’s.” She continued, “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 said that he has his fans to thank for keeping him strong and in a good frame of mind. “They’re my air, you know,” said Ozzy of his fans. “I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact and I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.” The singer is now taking medication for Parkinson’s and nerve pain.
As most know, Ozzy is not the only high-profile heavy musician battling Parkinson’s disease. Judas Priest’s guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier, and Pat Torpey, the longtime drummer for Mr Big, died in February 2018 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.