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Ozzy Osbourne has been hospitalized once again.
In a statement issued to Twitter, wife and manager Sharon Osbourne confirmed Ozzy’s current hospital stint, citing “some complications from the flu” as the basis for his stay. The statement reads, “As some of you may have heard, Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery. Thanks to everyone for their concern and love.”
The news comes one week after it was announced that Osbourne, 70, was forced to postpone the entire UK and European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour due to a “severe upper-respiratory infection”.
Initially, the plan was to postpone only the tour’s first four dates to allow him time to recover from the flu, but a second visit with his doctors last week left them fearful that his upper-respiratory infection could turn into pneumonia – not a far fetched possibility given how intense his shows are, paired with the cold weather currently hitting Europe.
A statement was issued on Ozzy’s behalf:
Ozzy offered his own disappointment and frustration, saying:
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”
From the looks of it, the flu’s been giving Ozzy hell. Last week, he shared a photo of himself with a burst blood vessel in his eye – the result of coughing too hard.
Ouch! Here’s hoping that Ozzy gets to feeling better soon – the flu is no joke, and when you’re Ozzy’s age it can be even more dangerous. This isn’t the first time in recent months that Ozzy’s been sidelined by illness; late last year a staph infection forced the cancellation of several North American dates on the tour as Ozzy underwent surgery to remove the infection from his hand.
Dates for No More Tours 2 are set to resume on March 9th in Australia, with the corresponding Judas Priest dates tentatively scheduled for September.
Get well soon, Ozzy!
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