Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, is scheduled to have surgery today (July 3) to treat cancer. Her publicist declined to say what kind of cancer she is battling, but

Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, is scheduled to have surgery today (July 3) to treat cancer. Her publicist declined to say what kind of cancer she is battling, but said it is treatable and Osbourne is "expected to make a full recovery." Her husband of 20 years and their three children -- Aimee, Kelly, and Jack -- "are by her side at this time," the publicist said.

As a result of the surgery, the first two dates of the North American leg of the Ozzfest tour have been postponed, according to the Web site of Bristow, Va.'s Nissan Pavilion, the first planned stop on the trek. Featuring Osbourne, System Of A Down, Rob Zombie, P.O.D., and others on the main stage, the tour was due to kick off Friday in Virginia, and continue on Saturday to the Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh.

At deadline, no information about rescheduled dates in those venues was available. The tour will now kick off July 10 in Scranton, Pa. Last month, the European edition of the tour was cut short after Black Label Society frontman/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde was diagnosed with mental and physical exhaustion.

Osbourne's family -- minus oldest daughter Aimee -- star in the MTV reality series "The Osbournes," which garnered the cable channel its highest ratings in its 21-year history. The family recently signed on for a second season of the show, and entered into a slew of merchandising deals in the wake of the surprise hit series.

One of the first fruits of merchandise related to the show is the recently released Epic compilation "The Osbourne Family Album." The set debuted last month at No. 13 on The Billboard 200.


-- AP & Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.



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