The seriousness of his ill health meant that The Prince of Darkness was moved to intensive care after developing pneumonia. However, Osbourne battled through the problems and returned home to continue his recovery.
Speaking about the extent of the problems for the first time, his wife Sharon said: “He, at the beginning of the year, had a bad flu that went to bronchitis, that went to pneumonia,” while on The Talk. “And then when he had the flu, he came out of hospital and he had a bad accident at home,” she added.
“He fell. And he fell in the middle of the night. And years ago, previously, he had a motorbike accident, where he was in a coma for days. And what he’d done was, he re-injured his back and neck and shoulders.
Sharon continued: “All of the metal rods and everything that were put in his body were dislodged. So we had to cancel his year events. But he’s good, he’s fine, he’s great.”
Despite initially stating his intentions to continue with tour plans, the dates have come around too soon and he has been forced to postpone.
“Ozzy Osbourne will postpone all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia,” a statement from Osbourne’s publicist states. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter and 2019 Grammy Special Merit Award recipient fell at his Los Angeles home aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Osbourne will remain under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovers.”
Osbourne then issued a statement of his own, saying: “I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day…I will fully recover…I will finish my tour…I will be back!”
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