Ozzy Osbourne may be struggling with health issues but he appeared in good spirits when spotted while out for a walk in Los Angeles last week without the aid of his cane.
The rock legend was sighted two months after canceling his upcoming Europe and UK concert dates and officially retiring from touring due to ill health.
The Black Sabbath singer broke the sad news to fans in early February, stating:
“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans. As you may all know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.
“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage,” he continued. “My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.”
He continued: “I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held on to your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience I have now come to the realisation that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.
“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.
“My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.“
With that in mind, it would probably put the minds of some fans at ease to have seen Ozzie out and about in LA on Thursday last week.
The 74-year-old was accompanied by his carer but able to walk without the aid of the cane often seen with him of late. Indeed, as per Metro, Osbourne seemed in high spirits, stopping to smell wildflowers.
The fact that he was able to get around without the aforementioned cane was an interesting detail not missed by many. The rock legend’s health woes have made headlines over the past few years – so much so that Ozzy himself felt obliged to release a statement insisting that he’s not dying.
That said, the “Prince of Darkness” did confirm back in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
After having performed a show on New Year’s Eve, 2019, he had a “bad fall,” which required surgery.
Not long after he found himself in the hospital with an upper respiratory infection, and in February of 2020 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“It’s PRKN 2,” Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, said. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body.”
Long live Ozzy Osbourne! I for one hope that this legend of music lives for many years to come, and continues to pursue creative endeavors in any way he wishes.
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