Last week, Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife, Sharon Osbourne, relayed a cryptic message on an episode of the British talk show The Talk. She explained that he was having a “major operation” that could “determine the rest of his life.” That, however, was the extent of the details shared, leading fans to speculate what the procedure might entail.
Now, it appears we have our answer. According to Page Six, a family source has divulged more information regarding the surgery. “Ozzy is 72 and any kind of surgery when you get older is difficult,” the source explained. “This is quite major. He’s having the pins in his neck and back realigned from when he had a fall back in 2019. He’s been in a lot of pain.”
Ozzy Osbourne has suffered several severe injuries throughout his life, including a quad biking accident in 2003, the effects of which were worsened by his 2019 fall in his LA home. On his way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, he tripped and lost his balance in the dark.
Though the incident sounds relatively minor, the reality is that it could’ve been deadly. The musician required 15 screws to correct his back injuries. “I came down really, really hard,” Osbourne explained to Rolling Stone. “I went slam – on my face.”
His injuries were so severe, in fact, that the grandfather of heavy metal was forced to reschedule the entire 2019 lineup of his “No More Tours 2 Tour.”
Ozzy Osbourne Details His Road to Recovery
According to Page Six’s source, Ozzy Osbourne will have a “lengthy amount of convalescence” following his neck surgery. The rocker is no stranger to convalescing, however, as he’s had a particularly rough patch with his health in recent years.
In addition to the accident and subsequent fall, Ozzy Osbourne has also struggled with Parkinson’s disease and was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. The 73-year-old’s family made it clear that they worried about his health. His wife, Sharon Osbourne, gave an emotional explanation of his condition in an interview with Talk TV.
“I’m very worried about Ozzy right now,” Sharon explained, holding back tears. “We’ve gone two years without him catching COVID and it’s just Ozzy’s luck he would get it now.”
While waiting for the neck surgery to take place today, Ozzy Osbourne explained that he’s doing better but has a long road to recovery ahead. “I can’t walk properly these days,” he told Classic Rock magazine. “I have physical therapy every morning [and] I am somewhat better. But nowhere near as much as I want to be to go back on the road.”