Sharon Osbourne says that Ozzy "feels terrible" for the recent health struggles that forced him to cancel all of his live appearances through the end of the year.
Last week, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH frontman fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required surgery last month. Ozzy will remain under doctor's care in Los Angeles as he recovers.
On today's (Monday, April 8) episode of the CBS daytime talk show "The Talk", Sharon teared up as she discussed her husband's latest health scare, saying that he is doing "great" but that he is sorry to disappoint his legions of fans.
She said (see video below): "Ozzy is… Oh, Lord, I don't know where to begin, and I have to make this quick... He, at the beginning of the year, had a bad flu that went to bronchitis, that went to pneumonia. And then when he had the flu, he came out of hospital and he had a bad accident at home. He fell. And he fell in the middle of the night. And years ago, previously, he had a motorbike accident, where he was in a coma for days. And what he'd done was he reinjured his back and neck and shoulders. And all of the metal rods and everything that were put in his body were dislodged. So we had to cancel his year events. But he's good, he's fine, he's great."
Fighting back tears, she added: "He just feels terrible. He says it's the only thing he's ever done right in his life, his performing, and he just feels terrible."
Ozzy was in a coma for eight days in December of 2003 when he accidentally crashed an ATV while riding on the grounds of his English estate. He broke his collarbone, several ribs and a neck vertebra in the incident, of which he told The Pulse Of Radio he had very little memory. "All I remember was getting on the quad bike and that was it I don't remember anything else," he said. "I didn't know what was real, I didn't know whether I was dreaming. I kept believing, when I'd come in and out of this coma, that they were moving me around from different hospitals, so it was really weird. It was like going on this incredible journey."
In his book "I Am Ozzy", the singer said that he eventually "made a full recovery" from the ATV accident. "My short-term memory seemed worse, but maybe that was just age, or the sleeping pills," he wrote. "And my ribcage is still full of screws and bolts and metal rods. When I walk through an airport metal detector these days, a klaxon goes off in the Pentagon. But I can't complain, y'know?
"I remember when I first went back to America after the crash, and I had to go to the doc for a check-up. He took all these X-rays of my chest, put them up on the viewing box, and started to whistle through his teeth. 'Nice work,' he said. 'Must have been a bit pricey, though. What did it cost ya? Seven figures? Eight?' 'Nothing, actually,' I said. He couldn't believe it. 'What d'you mean?' 'National Health Service,' I said, and shrugged. 'Holy crap,' he went. 'No wonder you guys put up with the weather.'"
Most of the 2019 shows on Ozzy's last full world tour will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold on to their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Because some of the 2019 dates were festival appearances, not all will be rescheduled.