Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized on Wednesday for flu complications, according to his wife, Sharon Osbourne. The musician postponed the next concerts of his tour No More Tours 2 until his recovery.
Sharon visited Twitter Wednesday to announce Ozzy's hospitalization. "As some of you may have heard, Ozzy was admitted to the hospital as a result of complications related to the flu," she wrote. "His doctors believe this is the best way to get him back on the road to healing faster. Thank you all for their concern and love. "
The tweet was flooded with comments wishing Ozzy a quick recovery and the excitement of seeing him back on stage when he felt better.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that influenza was active and strong in almost all US states this season, according to NBC. About 11 million people have had the flu in America since October, though this year's flu season is said to be less intense than the 2017-2018 flu season. Of the 11 million people with the flu, about 141,000 were hospitalized for the disease.
Ozzy Osbourne announces the latest "No More Tours 2" world tour at a press conference at her home in Los Angeles on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Osbourne has postponed the British tour in the UK due to complications related to the flu. Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Live Nation
Ozzy, who is 70 years old, will not miss a few shows: he has postponed his entire tour to the UK, according to People. He made a statement to the journal even before being hospitalized for the disease. "I am completely devastated by the postponement of the European stage of my tour," said Osbourne in his statement. "It just seems that since October everything that I touch has become s ***."
He explained that this was not the only recent health problem he had contracted. "First of all, staph infection in my thumb and now with the flu and bronchitis," he said. "I would like to apologize to all my fans who have been so faithful over the years, my band, my team and Judas Priest for giving up on you. However, I promise that the tour with Judas Priest will be over. We are rescheduling it to start in September. Once again, I apologize to everyone. God protects you. I love you all, Ozzy. "
Ozzy had the staph infection treated in October with surgery. He compared his finger, with the life-threatening infection, to the size of a light bulb. He said Rolling stone he joked during the difficult period, and Sharon and his doctor were not amused. They are all extremely serious about this, "he said. "I judge it based on the expression and the body language of the doctor. If it comes with a really solemn face, I'll, "Oh, OK, my time is up.