Ozzy Osbourne has apparently been the subject of several death-hoax videos on YouTube, and the Prince of Darkness isn’t having it.
“I’m not dead,” Ozzy declared on the latest episode of The Osbournes podcast. “I’m not going any-fucking-where. And I’m gonna go up and do some more gigs before I’m finished anyway.”
Ozzy, who turned 75 earlier in December, might be referring to one of the many clickbait videos that have been inundating YouTube as of late. Although the rock legend has dealt with numerous health issues that have kept him mostly off the stage in recent years, the death-hoax videos are likely jumping the gun in a shameless ploy to generate views.
“The thing on YouTube, it’s got ‘celebrities who have died today,’ and there’s a picture of me,” said Ozzy of the dubious videos, “and I go, ‘I’m not dead. I’m not really dead … Just a little flesh wound.’”
“There’s so many sick fuckers out there,” said Sharon of the creators of the death-hoax clips.
Ozzy’s comments about returning to the stage second those he made back in September. Speaking with Metal Hammer, he revealed that he recently underwent a successful surgery to repair damage in his spine and plans to record “one more album” and then “go back on the road”.”
“I’m just starting to work on it now, and we’ll be recording in the early part of next year,” he said at the time. “I want to take my time with this one.”
Osbourne has been unable to tour for the past five years — even hinting that his touring career was finished earlier in 2023 — but he has remained prolific in the studio, releasing the solo albums Ordinary Man in 2020 and Patient Number 9 in 2022, with producer Andrew Watt on the board for both LPs. The plan is to work with Watt once again on the next album.
Below you can watch the clip of Ozzy discussing the death hoax videos on The Osbournes podcast.