Frail Ozzy Osbourne seen for the first time since cancelling UK and Ireland shows and retiring from touring
By Jack White,
OZZY Osbourne has been seen for the first time since cancelling his upcoming shows and retiring from touring.
The 74-year-old singer made the announcement this week and said he's "not physically capable" after a recent operation.
Black Sabbath icon Ozzy was today photographed looking frail as he walked with the aid of a stick.
Despite the struggles he's facing at the moment, Ozzy flashed a peace sign at waiting snappers.
He's had a series of nasty injuries and health issues over the past few years, including a spinal injury after an accident in his home in 2019, and being diagnosed with Parkinson's the same year.
Now, after a series of corrective operations for his spine, he's had to put all appearances and performances on hold indefinitely.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Osbourne wrote in a statement: "This is probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to share with my loyal fans.
"As you may 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.
"2My 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.
"I am honestly humbled by the way you've all patiently held onto 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.
"Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know.
"Never would I have imagined 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.
"I want to thank my family.... my band.... my crew.... my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never dreamed that I would have.
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