Ozzy Osbourne Reflects on Mortality, Acknowledging a Limited Time Ahead: ‘When You’re Older, Time Picks Up Speed’

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

In a recent interview with ‘Rolling Stone UK,’ the rock legend shared his reflections on mortality and his thoughts about the limited time ahead.

Ozzy Osbourne shared in a recent interview with Rolling Stone UK that he doesn’t fear death. The 74-year-old rock legend discussed his current perspective on death and his estimation of the time he has “left” to live.

“I said to [wife] Sharon [Osbourne] that I’d smoked a joint recently and she said, ‘What are you doing that for! It’ll f—— kill you!’ I said, ‘How long do you want me to f—— live for?!’” he revealed.

“At best I’ve got 10 years left, and when you’re older, time picks up speed,” he continued. “Me and Sharon had our 41st wedding anniversary recently, and that’s just unbelievable to me!”

In the conversation, Ozzy shared that he has been reflecting on his friends who have passed away, remarking on how “all my drinking partners” are now “f—— dead.”

“I should have been dead way before loads of them,” he added. “Why am I the last man standing? I don’t understand any of it. Sometimes I look in the mirror and go, ‘Why the f— did you make it?!’ I’m not boasting about any of it because I should have been dead a thousand times. I’ve had my stomach pumped God knows how many times.”

Ozzy Osbourne disclosed in the interview that he doesn’t necessarily “fear dying.”

“But I don’t want to have a long, painful and miserable existence,” he emphasized. “I like the idea that if you have a terminal illness, you can go to a place in Switzerland and get it done quickly. I saw my father die of cancer.”

In February, the rock legend canceled all upcoming performances and announced his retirement from touring due to a spinal injury. Describing the news on Instagram at the time as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share,” Ozzy had surgery in 2019 following a fall, aggravating previous damage to his neck and back from an ATV accident 16 years earlier. After three more surgeries and a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, he expressed to Rolling Stone UK that he “will” perform again if possible but is “taking it one day at a time.”

“But it’s been like saying farewell to the best relationship of my life,” he reflected. “At the start of my illness, when I stopped touring, I was really pissed off with myself, the doctors, and the world. But as time has gone on, I’ve just gone, ‘Well, maybe I’ve just got to accept that fact.’”

“I’m not going to get up there and do a half-hearted Ozzy looking for sympathy. What’s the f—— point in that? I’m not going up there in a f—— wheelchair,” he added, revealing that he saw Phil Collins perform in a wheelchair.

Ozzy expressed his regret that he hasn’t had the opportunity “to say goodbye or thank you” to his fans on the road.

“They write to me, they know all about my dogs. It’s my extended family really, and they give us the lifestyle we have. For whatever reason, that’s my goal to work to. To do those shows. If it’s at Ozzfest or somewhere, or even a f—— gig at the Roundhouse,” he explained.

“If I can’t continue doing shows on a regular basis, I just want to be well enough to do one show where I can say, ‘Hi guys, thanks so much for my life.’ That’s what I’m working towards, and if I drop down dead at the end of it, I’ll die a happy man.”

While playing a show again is still on Ozzy’s bucket list, he ruled out the return of The Osbournes, the MTV reality show about his family that ran for four seasons until 2005.

“It won’t happen again. Never in a million years,” he insisted, as Jack agreed: “To be honest with you, I don’t think it should.”