The 73-year-old rocker was first diagnosed with the disease in 2003.
Sharon Osbourne is opening up about her husband's journey with Parkinson's which is a nervous system disorder that affects the motor and cognitive abilities of a person. Ozzy Osbourne, the former frontman of the metal band Black Sabbath revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2019. Now three years later his wife is sharing the rocker's prognosis in the new ITV documentary Paxman: Putting Up with Parkinson's, according to PEOPLE.
Ozzy first learned of his diagnosis way back in 2003. "Suddenly, your life just stops," Sharon said. "Life as you knew it." "When I look at my husband, my heart breaks for him," she continued. "I'm sad for myself to see him that way, but what he goes through is worse. And sometimes when I look at him and he doesn't know I'm looking at him, I'm like crying." The musician who had an electrifying on-stage persona was always "very energetic" and "loved to go out for walks," Sharon said in the documentary. Now, even sleeping is a challenge for him, she explained, and he takes cannabidiol at night. "The positive thing is with the family we spend so much more time together and I just love my husband more than I did three years ago," she said. The pair have been married for 40 years.
Ozzy first went public with his diagnosis in 2020. During an interview with Good Morning America, the musician said that he canceled tours the previous year because of his health issues. Sharon also spoke to the outlet at the time that it was a type of Parkinson's called PRKN2 and reassured that the diagnosis “was not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination,” but The Prince of Darkness as he is known among his metal fans had good and bad days.
His family has been by his side through the difficult ordeal. "We have all played a role," said daughter Kelly. "But the only thing I know is what can I do to make him smile? I know going to the studio makes him happy. That's what I did. Everything else was him." For Ozzy, his fans mean the world to him. "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. It's like I'm -- I miss them so much," he added.
We all headbangers are children of Ozzy, we'll never forget that you are founding father of heavy metal! Rock on!🤘— Sergio Sanchez C (@SERGIOSANCHEZW) January 23, 2020
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