Ozzy Osbourne said this week he is heading into his fourth and “final surgery” on his neck, linked to a 2019 fall that aggravated his injuries following a 2003 mountain biking accident.
“This will be the last surgery, because I can’t do it anymore,” the 74-year-old rocker told his family on Wednesday’s episode of “The Osbournes” podcast. “No matter how it ends the day after tomorrow, I won’t do it again. I can’t.”
Osbourne joked that after so many surgeries to treat her chronic pain, “it’s like getting a haircut now.”
“Just a cut to the spine,” his son Jack Osbourne joked.
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The “Crazy Train” singer noted that he’s “improved a little bit, I think,” but that he feels like he has “bricks attached” to his feet when he walks.
“I went up and down the stairs today for the first time in a long time, and my feet feel like they’re wearing diving boots when I walk,” he told his family. “I think it’s because of the nerves.”
He added that it might help if he just walked around the block “a few times,” but he worries about the “dads waiting to ambush me everywhere” and write a story about how “‘Ozzy is out of breath!’ I’m far from out of breath.”
His daughter Kelly Osbourne called such headlines “ageist, insulting and rude.”
He replied: “I used to worry a lot more about the end of my life when I was younger than I do now. I don’t know why.” Then he laughed, “because I know it’s going to end soon.”
He added that he still considers himself a “young man,” and Jack noted that he had just attended Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday party, so he might have many years left.
After saying that musician Jeff Beck died in the late ’70s, Ozzy added that he doesn’t “think about my age.”
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“You shouldn’t,” Jack replied. “I think when people spend too much time thinking about their age, it kind of becomes their age.”
Ozzy replied, “I tend not to worry as much anymore.”
In the previous episode, Ozzy said he was going to get an epidural because doctors found his “neck was fixed,” but “underneath the neck there are two vertebrae where the bike hit me (in 2003) and disintegrated. Nothing remains of it.”
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While debating the exact procedure that would be performed for his vertebrae, he said: “All I know is that right now I’m in a lot of pain, I’m feeling a lot of discomfort.”
His wife Sharon added that her doctor gets second and third opinions.
“In my back, the two discs and the muscles in my shoulders have separated from my skeleton, and that’s why I lean forward because it’s like gravity is pushing my head forward,” Ozzy explained before He added that he realized: “I’ve walked like this my whole life.”
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Ozzy explained in the episode that he was returning to his room after a late-night trip to the bathroom when he suffered his fall in 2019.
“I misjudged the bed and missed it and landed flat on my face. I hit the floor so hard I just lay there. I fell face down on the floor,” did he declare.
“But Dad didn’t reach out,” Sharon told Jack and Kelly.
Ozzy added that while he wasn’t in pain, he knew he had “done some damage.” He said Sharon asked: “What are you doing there?” I said, ‘I think I broke my neck.’
Earlier this year, the rocker canceled his 2023 tour dates, saying he was “physically weak” due to his three surgeries, and he pulled out of October’s Power Trip festival in July.
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“My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, and when the offer to do this show came, I moved forward with optimism,” he wrote on social media at the time. “Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I’m way too proud for the first show I’ve done in almost five years to be half a—-.”