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Ozzy Osbourne Hospitalized Due to Complications From the Flu

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif.

After postponing a series of European tour dates due to illness, Ozzy Osbourne's condition has worsened, requiring hospitalization, according to a tweet from his wife, Sharon Osbourne. "As some of you may haave heard, Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu," Sharon wrote on Wednesday (Feb. 6). "His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery." 

A spokesperson for the 70-year-old metal icon announced on Jan. 30 that after initially postponing the first four dates of his No More Tours 2 outing because of the flu, a follow-up visit with a doctor revealed a diagnosis of a severe upper-respiratory infection, which resulted in the postponing of the tour's entire U.K. and European run. At the time, doctors feared that the infection could "develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and the extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions."  

At press time a spokesperson for Osbourne confirmed the information in Sharon's tweet, but said no further information was available about how long Ozzy will be hospitalized or how his condition might affect future dates. At the time of the postponment, Osbourne -- who was treated for an infection in his hand in Oct. 2018 -- apologized to fans for pushing back the dates. "I'm completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour," he said. "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."

Current plans call for the tour to re-boot on March 9 at the Download Festival in Sydney, Australia, though it was unclear at press time if that show could be impacted by the hospitalization.