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Ozzy Osbourne reveals battle with Parkinson's disease

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:23 AM PT
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Legendary metal and rock singer Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Osbourne and wife Sharon confirmed the diagnosis via an exclusive interview with ABC's Good Morning America that aired this morning.

"It's PRKN 2," Sharon told host Robin Roberts. "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."

Osbourne was diagnosed shortly after being significantly injured in a fall, and subsequently forced to postpone several tours and remain largely homebound. Now on the mend, Osbourne takes Parkinson's medication in addition to "nerve pills."

"I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold," he said. "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."

In addition to his family, Osbourne is particularly thankful for the support of his fans. "They're my air, you know," said Osbourne. "I feel better. I've owned up to the fact that I have -- a case of Parkinson's. And I just hope they hang on and they're there for me because I need them. I wanna see my people, you know. I miss them so much."

You can read more and watch video of the interview here.






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