Ozzy Osbourne, the legendary Black Sabbath frontman, has been in the headlines recently, not just for his iconic music but also for his health challenges. The 74-year-old rocker recently provided an update on his health, revealing that he had a filter removed from an artery. This procedure was necessary due to blood clots in his legs, which were prevented from reaching his heart and brain by this filter. Speaking on his SiriusXM channel, Ozzy Speaks, Osbourne mentioned his ongoing battle, stating, “I’m battling through.” He elaborated on the challenges of finding a suitable vein for the procedure, emphasizing his determination to push through these health issues.
The health update comes after the cancellation of his scheduled performance at the Power Trip festival, a star-studded event featuring big names like Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and TOOL. Expressing his disappointment, Osbourne stated that he wasn’t ready to perform and didn’t want his first show in nearly five years to be anything less than perfect.
Osbourne’s health struggles began with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2003, which he publicly revealed in January 2020. Following a fall in 2019, he underwent surgery, which led to nerve pain. The combination of the fall, surgery, and his Parkinson’s condition has made pinpointing the cause of his current health issues challenging. Despite these setbacks, Osbourne remains optimistic, focusing on his love for making records and his hope to return to the stage.
In a heartwarming tribute closer to home, a mechanical bull named Ozzy, created for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, was unveiled at New Street Station. The bull, which moves its head and swishes its tail, was named after the Birmingham-born rock icon following a public vote. Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife, was present at the unveiling and expressed her admiration for the sculpture, calling it “breathtaking.” She fondly recalled Ozzy’s time spent at New Street Station during his younger days when he didn’t own a car.
The mechanical bull, initially set to be dismantled post the Commonwealth Games, found a permanent home at the station due to public demand. Thousands had visited the bull during its temporary display in Centenary Square during the Games. The bull’s unveiling was marked with festivities, including face painting, brass band performances, and dance shows.
As fans and well-wishers around the world send their love and support to Ozzy Osbourne during this challenging time, his legacy, both in music and as a cultural icon, continues to shine brightly. Whether it’s through his records, live performances, or even a mechanical bull in a bustling station, Ozzy’s impact is undeniable.