Ozzy’s year from hell with bathroom fall, surgery and Parkinson’s diagnosis

Ozzy Osbourne has opened up his year from hell in an emotional interview in which he confirmed he's been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease.

The Black Sabbath legend, 71, gave an emotional interview on US show Good Morning America today with his wife Sharon by his side.

He spoke for the first time about his Parkinson's diagnosis, revealing he plans to seek specialist treatment in switzerland.

The news comes after Ozzy spent 2019 in and out of hospital after taking a nasty fall in his bathroom last spring – prompting him to cancel his world tour.

He's admitted his life went "downhill" from there and he suffered the "worst year" of his entire life.

Ozzy said: "When I had the fall it was pitch black, I went to the bathroom and I fell.

"I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor and I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now,’ really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that it was all downhill.



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"[It was the]… worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life…

"It has been terribly challenging for us. I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves. I found out that I have a mild form of…. [Parkinson's].

He went on to explain he's spent months in constant pain and was convinced he was dying.

Ozzy added: "The pain is constant. The first six months I was in agony. I'd say, 'Sharon – you're not telling me the truth. I'm dying, aren't I?'

"I thought I'd got some terminal illness because the improvement was so slow,' he added.

'I'm getting better, but after the surgery the nurses asked me on a scale of one to ten how much pain I was in, and I said, '55!'

Six months of waking up and being unable to move is a miserable existence."

After confirming plans to see doctors in Switzerland, Ozzy said he feels better after going public with his health battle.

He said: "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." 

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