Ozzy Osbourne has been treated in intensive care over fears he could develop pneumonia, it has been reported.
The former Black Sabbath singer recently postponed his next UK tour after contracting the flu. He later developed bronchitis and was sent to hospital by his doctors.
According to the Sun, a source said: “Doctors feared he could contract pneumonia which, in a person over 70, can be fatal. This sparked a lot of panic among those closest to him but doctors reassured everyone he was in the best possible hands.
“Ozzy’s a fighter and is getting better day by day. The worst is over, he’s smiling again, and he can’t wait to get up on stage.”
Osbourne has been hospitalised for the last 11 days. He is reportedly due to be released next week.
Speaking of the postponed tour dates last month, the star said: “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 apologise 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.”
He added: “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.”
Despite the tour being called No More Tours 2, Osbourne has confirmed that he will still tour in the future. “People have gotten that all wrong,” he said of reports that he was planning to retire from performing. “The tour should have been the ‘Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour’.”
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have been honoured with a “heavy metal” bench in their hometown of Birmingham. The bench incorporates the images of the original members and is inscribed with a message that reads: “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968.”