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Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist Bernie Tormé rushed to intensive care

Bernie Tormé, the rock guitarist who was previously part of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, has been hospitalised.

Tormé, who was born in Ireland and became a renowned musician in Dublin, is best known for his work with successful hard rock band Gillan before becoming a pivotal member of Osbourne’s backing band.

A message posted on Tormé’s official social media confirmed that the guitarist has been rushed to intensive with a serious bout of pneumonia: “Bernie Tormé is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers,” the tweet said.

The news comes just days after Tormé’s former bandmate Ozzy himself was placed in intensive care. It emerged that Ozzy had been battling complications following a bout of flu and later developed bronchitis which forced him to be rushed to the hospital.

That said, a positive update on the health of Osbourne arrived after it emerged that the former Black Sabbath frontman was rushed to intensive care. His wife Sharon Osbourne said Ozzy was “out of ICU” and “breathing on his own.” While speaking on her show Talk Talk, she added: “He’s doing good, he really is. And I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody that has reached out with good wishes. He’s overcome by the response that he’s had and it just makes him, it’s kind of bittersweet because he’s so overwhelmed with it but he’s sad, too.”

Furthermore, Ozzy has released a statement urging his fans to keep hold of the tickets they purchased for his previously cancelled tour. It is believed that he will reschedule the tour dates for the fall. With March being outlined as a potential return date, Ozzy will have an extensive schedule which will see him play the UK, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in the next six months.

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Cancelled Ozzy Osbourne Tour
Jan 30: Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland
Feb 01: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Feb 03: Manchester Arena, UK
Feb 05: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, UK
Feb 07: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Feb 09: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Feb 11: London The O2 Arena, UK
Feb 13: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Feb 15: Frankfury Festhalle, Germany
Feb 17: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germany
Feb 19: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
Feb 22: Stockholm Ericcson Globe, Sweden
Feb 24: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Feb 27: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Mar 01: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
Mar 03: Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi, Spain