Ozzy Osbourne says that he thought he was "dying" after suffering an injury in a fall earlier this year. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. As a result, Ozzy scrapped all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered.
In a new interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Osbourne spoke out about the accident and revealed that he initially believed there was very little chance he would bounce back.
"I went to the bathroom in the night, lost my balance and landed flat on my face," he recalled (via NME). "I saw this big white flash when I hit the floor and I thought, 'You've finally done it now.' I knew it was bad, I thought I was paralyzed, so very calmly I [told my wife], 'Sharon, I can't move. I think I've done my neck. Phone an ambulance.'"
According to Ozzy, the pain was "constant" following the fall. "The first six months, I was in agony," he said. "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. 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 in the morning and being unable to move is a miserable existence."
Sharon Osbourne recently said that Ozzy's new studio album will be released in January.
Ozzy provided guest vocals on Post Malone's song "Take What You Want", a session overseen by producer Andrew Watt, and it led to Osbourne and Watt collaborating on the legendary BLACK SABBATH singer's 12th solo LP.
Ozzy has not released a new solo effort since 2010's "Scream", having spent the last few years touring with SABBATH in support of that band's "13" LP, as well as playing a number of solo shows.
Sharon admitted that Ozzy's spirits had been low for much of his recovery, but she added: "Now he's done his album, and it's coming out, and everybody's really pumped about it. He's happy — he is." She also said that Ozzy will resume his "No More Tours 2" trek in 2020.