Ozzy Osbourne Tests Positive For COVID Ahead Of Medical Procedure

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

April 28, 2022

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Ozzy Osbourne's impressive two-year streak of avoiding COVID-19 has come to an end, according to his wife Sharon Osbourne.

Ozzy has been simultaneously battling Parkinson's disease and rehabilitating a neck injury during the pandemic. Despite numerous members of his household, including Sharon, testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 during the pandemic, Ozzy had remained negative for the virus until this week.

With Ozzy in Los Angeles, a concerned Sharon delivered the news from the U.K. via her new Talk TV show The Talk.

“I spoke to him and he’s OK,” Sharon said. “I am very worried about Ozzy right now. We’ve gone two years without him catching Covid, and it’s just Ozzy’s luck he would get it now.”

Ozzy and Sharon are preparing to move back to the U.K. after four decades in Southern California. Sharon revealed on Wednesday in an interview with Piers Morgan that Ozzy was preparing to undergo "one more operation" before making the trip "back home."

Despite concern for her husband, Sharon was hopeful that Ozzy would make a speedy recovery.

"It'll take me a week to get my old man back on his feet again, and I will be back [on The Talk] in a week..." she added. "We're gonna get him a negative test by next week."

While Parkinson's disease is not believed to make one more vulnerable to COVID, it does elevate the risk of complications due to the virus.

Ozzy has persevered through a litany of health challenges in the past several years. In late-2018, he canceled a handful of concerts to undergo emergency surgery to address a staph infection in his hand.

Months later, in early-2019, Ozzy was hospitalized for several weeks battling pneumonia. Not long after being discharged, Ozzy tripped and fell at home in the middle of the night and aggravated a years-old neck injury. He was taken back to the hospital in an ambulance.

"There was a point I was convinced that I was dying," Ozzy said of the neck injury. "I was in that much discomfort and pain and misery. I thought they were all hiding it from me. I remember saying to Sharon, 'You've gotta level with me. Is it worse than you're making it out?' She says, 'No.'"

During tests subsequent the fall, Ozzy was given the news about his advancing Parkinson's disease.

Despite it all, the singer has has kept working. His 13th solo album is reportedly complete and expected to be released sometime this year.

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