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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis in New Interview

Ozzy Osbourne and his family are opening up about the health struggles the Prince of Darkness has been facing for the last year.

“It has been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne tells Robin Roberts in the Good Morning America interview. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at the Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves.”

That’s when Osbourne was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is “a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra,” according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. The symptoms typically happen slowly over time but there is no cure.

Osbourne was diagnosed with PRKN2, his wife said in the interview.

“There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s,” Sharon explains. “It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination 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.”

Osbourne took time off and recovered from home for most of his journey. Now, he’s taking medication and working hard to get in a place where he can make music and perform for his fans again.

Watch the GMA exclusive below and read more here.

Osbourne has new live show dates as part of his tour called, No More Tours 2: Celebrating Five Decades of the Prince of Darkness… Live! He’ll play Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on May 27. A full list of tour dates are here.

He’ll also release a new album, Ordinary Man, on Feb. 21. On his website, he says, “This is quite possibly the most important album I have done in a very long time, probably since No More Tears.”

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