Sharon Osbourne Tearfully Details Ozzy’s Painful Fall That ‘Dislodged’ Metal Rods In His Ribs
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Sharon Shares Painful Update On Ozzy’s Condition
Last week, Ozzy Osbourne was forced to postpone all remaining 2019 shows.
Citing a fall at his Los Angeles home that aggravated injuries from his 2003 ATV accident, Ozzy more or less left fans in the dark as to what that fall entailed. Now, thanks to wife and manager Sharon, we know exactly what that injury was and whoo boy – it sounds incredibly painful.
During yesterday’s episode of The Talk, Sharon tearfully recalled that shortly after returning home from the hospital after a bout with pneumonia, Ozzy slipped and fell in the middle of the night. The fall, which re-injured his back, neck, and shoulders, also dislodged the metal rods put into Ozzy’s body after the ATV accident, prompting an immediate decision to sideline the singer for the remainder of the year.
“He, at the beginning of the year, had a bad flu that went to bronchitis that went to pneumonia. He came out of the hospital and he had a bad accident at home … he fell in the middle of the night. And years ago, previously, had a motorbike accident, where he was in a coma for days. And what he’d done was he re-injured 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 this year’s events.”
The incident she’s referring to is the 2003 ATV crash that nearly killed Ozzy. It left him in a coma for eight days and the extent of his injuries meant reconstructive surgery, which included a rib cage packed with screws, bolts, and metal rods. In his 2010 memoir I Am Ozzy, Ozzy joked, “When I walk through an airport metal detector these days, a klaxon goes off in the Pentagon.”
It’s not all bad news, though.
Sharon also revealed that Ozzy is “good, he’s fine, he’s great,” but noted, “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.”
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Osbourne, 70, was at home recovering from a recent bout of pneumonia that sidelined him for much of the first half of 2019 when he suffered a nasty fall, aggravating injuries from his 2003 ATV accident. A statement was issued on his behalf on his official Facebook page, detailing the stress and frustration the legend has been under as a result of his health woes.
Ozzy, who will remain under a doctor’s care for the foreseeable future, also offered up his own thoughts on his injury and the latest round of postponed shows.
“I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans. It’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day. I will fully recover … I will finish my tour … I will be back!”
Fans can expect shows to be rescheduled beginning in February 2020 and are asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Unfortunately for some, a few of the 2019 dates were festival appearances and as a result, will not be rescheduled. Below are the new North American dates, with the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show to be rescheduled for sometime in July 2020.
The 2020 UK and European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Ozzy Osbourne 2020 North American Tour
5/27 – Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
5/29 – Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
5/31 – Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union
6/2 – Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/4 – Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/6 – Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
6/11 – Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/13 – Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/16 – Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/18 – Hamilton, ON, First Ontario Centre
6/20 – Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
6/22 – New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
6/24 – St Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/26 – Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
6/28 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
7/1 – Milwaukee, WI, Amer. Family Ins. Amp – Summerfest
7/3 – St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/7 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
7/9 – Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/11 – Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
7/15 – Portland, OR, Moda Center
7/17 – Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
7/23 – Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/25 – San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/29 – San Diego, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/31 – Las Vegas, CA, MGM Grand Garden Arena
TBA July – Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl