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Ozzy Cancels Tour Dates To Receive Treatment

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Oct 15, 2003 | 11:24am EDT

Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release Tuesday saying he has postponed his upcoming European tour, which was set to begin in Dublin, Ireland on October 22, because of the effects of medication he's taking to treat tremors, Launch.com reports.

"I have been in Boston for the last three weeks having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years. I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem. I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer. I am grateful to my physician, Dr. Allan H. Ropper, that I am now home with my family and on the path to getting my life back," the former Black Sabbath singer said in a statement.

Ropper, Chief of Neurology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University in Boston, explained in the press release why he recommended that the tour be canceled.

"Ozzy Osbourne does not have Parkinson's Disease. However, he does have a tremor, which is coming under control with medication. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time."

According to the statement, the European tour will start in January at the earliest, but did not specify a location.

Osbourne added: "I feel like I keep letting you all down, which breaks my heart, but you have my word that I will be over in the New Year to complete my European tour. I ask that you please hang in there with me as I promise that you will definitely get the best Ozzy Osbourne show you've ever seen!"

Osbourne also dropped out of fundraiser today at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall, called Fashion Rocks for the Prince's Trust, citing commitments in the United States. He did, however, donate $50,000 to the charity.

Osbourne, 54, found renewed fame with the MTV show The Osbournes, which propelled him to a worldwide audience. The show is now in its third season.

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