Rocker Ozzy Osbourne was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease last February, after experiencing a life-threatening fall at his home and needing neck surgery.
On Tuesday, Robin Roberts on Good Morning America sat down with the whole Osbourne clan to discuss Ozzy’s ongoing health issues over the past year. Wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, son Jack, and daughter Kelly all joined Ozzy on the show.
The 71-year-old “Prince of Darkness” said that the past 12 months have “been terribly challenging for us all.”
Ozzy had to call off several performances in 2019, to recover from injuries he sustained while recovering from a bout of pneumonia. He suffered a fall in his Los Angeles home, which reportedly dislodged numerous metal rods he received after a 2003 ATV accident.
“I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum,” the musician said. “Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
On top of that, Ozzy revealed that he was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease, a slowly-progressing neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, but has no cure.
“It’s PRKN2, which is a form of Parkinson’s,” his wife, Sharon, explained. “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.”
“it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day,” she continued.
Now that Ozzy is on the mend, he reveals that he’s on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.
But after remaining largely secluded while recovering over the last year, he knew it was time to tell the world what he’s been dealing with, saying that he’s “no good” at keeping secrets.
“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,” Ozzy told GMA.
But he admits, “I feel better now that I’ve owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s,” and added that he hopes his fans will “hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.”
He’s scheduled to make his return to the stage in the spring, with another leg of his No More Tours 2 tour beginning in Atlanta in May.