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Wednesday, 3 July, 2002, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Sharon Osbourne has cancer surgery
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne: Expected to make a full recovery
Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon, was undergoing surgery for a "treatable" form of cancer on Wednesday, the couple have revealed.

Sharon Osbourne is expected to make a full recovery, a short statement said - although it did not specify the type of cancer that had been diagnosed.

The Osbournes
She has negotiated a second series of The Osbournes
The operation was due to take place in the United States after it was "recently" discovered that she had the disease, according to her spokeswoman.

The statement said: "She has the loving support of her husband and three children who are by her side at this time."

Sharon Osbourne, 48, has found fame through The Osbournes, the reality TV show that followed her family in their daily lives, and which became a cult hit around the world.

She is known for her forthright and gutsy style, keeping her husband, former star of heavy rock group Black Sabbath, and their children in line.

Credited with masterminding the revival of her husband's career, she has steered negotiations for The Osbournes show and established an annual worldwide touring festival, Ozzfest.

The first two of this year's Ozzfest shows in the United States - in Bristow, Virginia, on 6 July, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the following day - have been postponed.

Sharon reportedly exasperated MTV executives in negotiations for a second series of The Osbournes by demanding a new house and a lifetime of free psychotherapy for her dogs.

Binges

The couple married in 1982 after she had taken over as Osbourne's manager from her father, legendary music promoter Don Arden.

Sharon joined her husband in drink and drugs binges, but said she had to give up because they were "turning into Sid and Nancy".

She has also described herself as "a beaten woman" at the hands of her husband, with the most notorious incident in 1989 when Osbourne was arrested for attempted murder after trying to strangle his wife in a haze of drink and drugs.

He spent three months in rehabilitation as a result - after which Sharon said she regained her strength in their relationship.

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