Ozzy's Near-Death Experience
Fri Dec 12, 4:45 PM ET
By Josh Grossberg
The Prince of F---ing Darkness came dangerously close to meeting the Grim Reaper.
Sharon Osbourne has revealed in a newspaper interview that Ozzy had stopped breathing and had no pulse after crashing his ATV Monday.
The Osbourne matriarch, speaking to London's Daily Mirror, said the crash was more serious than initially reported and Ozzy may have lost his life if not for a quick-acting security guard.
"[Ozzy] had stopped breathing and the guard spotted it immediately," Sharon said. "He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half and there was no pulse. But thank God the security guard was there to revive him. He resuscitated him and got him breathing and his pulse going again. We are so, so grateful to him."
Her statements were later confirmed by the couple's publicist.
He needed emergency surgery to restore blood flow to a major artery and alleviate bleeding in his lungs. Doctors have since stabilized the heavy metal icon and say he's making a "steady recovery."
"With each day he becomes less dependent on the ventilator," hospital director Dr. Dick Jack said Friday in a statement. "It is still too early to take him off entirely. Otherwise, he is well, with no complications. Ozzy remains heavily sedated and unable to speak because of the tube in his mouth, according to Sharon, who flew to London from Los Angeles immediately after getting word to be by his side. But yesterday, he managed to mouth the words "I love you" to daughter Kelly Osbourne and give her a thumbs-up before drifting into unconsciousness again.
The 51-year-old Sharon also lashed out at American Idol judge Simon Cowell for telling a British television network earlier this week that the accident may have been a publicity stunt to drum up record sales for "Changes," Ozzy's new Christmas duet with Kelly.
"Some people may even say he fell off the tractor on purpose. He might be quite lucky. It is going to help his record sales," Cowell said on Tuesday. "He will be all right. He's had worse."
Sharon said she wishes she "could tar
and feather Cowell...and handcuff him to a lamppost in Piccadilly...To think that anyone would stage an accident like this to get publicity is sick. He is sick to think of this. You have to have a very sad mind to come up with something like this. I feel sorry for him, really, really sorry for him."
That prompted Cowell to issue an apology, saying he hadn't realized the extent of Ozzy's injuries. "I thought Ozzy had a broken collarbone and that was all. That was bad enough, but that was all I knew at the time," Cowell said. "What I meant was 'that is the bad news, but the good news is the record is doing well.' I had no idea that Ozzy was far more seriously ill. I apologize unreservedly for the way it has been put across. I wish Ozzy a speedy recovery."
Meanwhile, Sharon issued a statement to fans: "I want to thank everybody that's written in and sent all their good wishes and prayers for Ozzy, and to assure you that he's doing just fine, and we send you all our love.
She also indicated she will remain with Ozzy in England at least through next week, and has lined up several fill-in hosts for her talk show, including D.L. Hughley, Anthony Anderson, Dan Cortese and daughter Kelly.