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Ozzy Osbourne “felt good” as he left the hospital in a wheelchair with wife Sharon at his side after a “major operation” which she said would “determine the rest of his life”.
The 73-year-old rock star wore black sweatpants and a long-sleeved shirt with hospital armbands on his wrists as a doctor escorted the family out of the facility and to a waiting vehicle following his surgery.
The family hasn’t publicly discussed the medical procedure Ozzy underwent, but Sharon admitted Ozzy “felt good” in a throwback snap on Wednesday. on twitter by Ozzy standing at the microphone.
Also speaking on the same day, Ozzy shared that he is “now coming home from the hospital recovering comfortably,” the 73-year-old musician tweeted to its millions of followers.
“I definitely feel the love and support from all of my fans and I send a big thank you to everyone for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes during my recovery.”
OZZY OSBOURNE HOME FROM HOSPITAL AND ‘COMFORTABLE RECOVERY’, THANK YOU FANS FOR ‘PRAYER’ POST-OP
In the snaps, Sharon, his wife of nearly 40, can be seen walking close behind in a powder blue pantsuit. Both followed COVID-19 protocols and wore protective face masks as they exited the health center.
Ozzy Osbourne pictured leaving hospital with his wife Sharon Osbourne on Wednesday after undergoing “major surgery”. She later tweeted that the rock star was “feeling good” after the surgery. (BACKGROUND)
“Our family would like to express so much gratitude for the overwhelming amount of love and support that led to Ozzy’s surgery,” she wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
“Ozzy is doing well and on the road to recovery. Your love means the world to him,” she added with a praying hands emoji.
Last week, she pointed out that Ozzy’s situation was challenging and he would need difficult surgery. She immediately flew back to the West Coast from London to be by his side.
“He has major surgery on Monday and I have to be there,” she told her TalkTV colleagues last week. “It’s really going to define the rest of his life.”
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A report has since surfaced saying the procedure involved removing and realigning pins in his neck and back. “Ozzy is 73 and any kind of surgery as you get older is difficult,” a source told Page Six. “That’s pretty big. He has realigned the pins in his neck and back since he had a fall in 2019.”
On Monday, both Sharon and Kelly were seen visiting the Black Sabbath frontman in hospital, hours after Sharon announced his urgent medical needs. Kelly, 37, is currently pregnant with her first child with SlipKnot’s musician friend Sid Wilson.
“He was in a lot of pain,” the source recently noted of Ozzy’s physical condition. The “Prince of Darkness” will also reportedly require a “protracted convalescence,” which will be attended to around the clock by a nurse at home.
Ozzy’s back problems likely stem from a 2003 4×4 collision in which he overturned his quad bike while cruising around his London property.
At the time, he underwent emergency surgery for “a broken collarbone, eight fractured ribs that pinched important blood vessels, and damaged vertebrae in his neck.”
“I’m just waiting for another surgery on my neck,” he told Classic Rock magazine in May. “I can’t walk properly these days. I have physical therapy every morning. I’m a little better, but not nearly as much as I would like to be able to get back on the road.”
When asked if he’s ever thought about his own mortality, Ozzy said he’s optimistic about his future as he looks back on the past.
“I did pretty well at f—ing 73,” he said. “I have no plans to go anywhere, but my time will come.”
He also addressed another challenging issue for the family — sobriety. After decades of drinking and drug problems, Ozzy faced his drug problems head-on and decided to get sober eight years ago.
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“I hope so,” he said when asked if he’s now sober for life. “I take it one day at a time. If I drink, I will drink. But I don’t want to drink today. I don’t want to smoke tobacco today. I don’t want to do drugs today. So today everything will be fine, I suppose. Me don’t know what tomorrow is.”
Ozzy and Sharon’s son Jack Osbourne, 36, is 18 years sober under his belt and while Kelly had a minor slip on her sobriety journey last year, she will give birth to her first child this year.
Ozzy and Sharon also have a daughter Aimee, 38, who recently survived a fatal fire at a Hollywood recording studio. Aimee escaped the building with her producer unharmed.
The Osbournes became a household name in the early 2000s when MTV shed a light on their lives as famous stars — and the children of rock royalty — with an unscripted show about family. The series premiered in 2002 and ran for four seasons, with a final curtain call in 2005.
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne are pictured here in 2017. (Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
In 2019, the Osbourne family spoke with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America about Ozzy’s incident where he fell in the shower and metal screws in his spine dislodged (from the quad bike collision in 2003), causing a neck and neck injury required back surgery.
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“When I fell, it was pitch black,” he recalls. “I went into the bathroom and fell. I just fell and landed like a bang on the floor and I remember lying there and thinking, ‘Well, you’ve made it now’, really calm.” Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that it just went downhill.”
After surgery and a painful two-month recovery, he was forced to reschedule all of his 2019 live dates on his No More Tours 2 Tour.
The family also spoke about Ozzy being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that can cause tremors and balance problems, as well as slow movement. There is no known cure for the disease.
“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon told GMA. “There are so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any means, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
Ozzy told the LA Times in 2020, “I’m not dying of Parkinson’s. I’ve worked with it for most of my life. I’ve cheated death so many times. If you read tomorrow, ‘Ozzy Osbourne never woke up tomorrow,’ you wouldn’t say, ‘Oh my God!’ You’d say, ‘Well, it finally caught up with him’.”
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Tracy Wright is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital.