A day after Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, said he was “doing well and on the road to recovery,” the Prince of Darkness himself confirmed that he is recovering from major surgery.
“I am now home from the hospital recovering comfortably,” he wrote. I absolutely feel the love and support from all my fans and I want to say a big thank you to everyone for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes during my recovery.”
The 73-year-old rocker on Monday underwent what daughter Kelly called “life-changing surgery on his spine” that, she said, “will define the rest of his life.” His wife had announced plans to fly to Los Angeles to be by his side on the UK version of The conversation, which she co-hosts. She planned to be away for a month.
While the family didn’t specify exactly what was being done, a family source told Page Six that Osbourne has “realigned the pins on his neck and back since he relapsed in 2019.”
The source noted that the former Black Sabbath frontman will need a nurse at home during the “long amount of recovery” he needs.
That fall, Osbourne forced him to postpone his “No More Tours 2” tour just before the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to resume in May 2023, with dates in Stockholm, Madrid and other European cities.
During his more than 50 years in the spotlight, Osbourne has dealt with several health problems, including drug addiction and Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed in 2019.
But he has maintained that he is not ready to stop rocking.
“Do you know when I’m going to retire?” he asked the British the mirror in August 2020. “If I can hear them nail a lid on my box. And then I’ll do a goddamn encore. I’m the Prince of Darkness.”