Story at a glance

  • Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last February.
  • He was diagnosed after experiencing a fall while performing at a New Year’s Eve show.
  • The neurodegenerative disorder develops slowly over years and is incurable.

Black Sabbath frontman and legendary rockstar Ozzy Osbourne is opening up about his experience after a major fall and Parkinson’s disease diagnosis last February. 

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” the 71-year-old, along with his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, revealed he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder after experiencing a fall while performing at a New Year’s Eve show. 

“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.” 

Parkinson’s disease is a long-term disorder that affects movement and can include tremors, and it has no cure. Osbourne’s fall resulted in him receiving 15 screws in his spine and multiple hospitalizations, causing him to delay his tour. 

“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon said of Ozzy’s diagnosis. “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 — like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day.” 

Ozzy has long been the subject of health rumors, having once publicly denied having Parkinson’s long before his diagnosis. 

“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ‘cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?” Osbourne said. 

Sharon said they will be looking for medical help outside the U.S. for Ozzy, saying they plan to seek medical advice in Switzerland after exploring options in the U.S. 

Published on Jan 22, 2020