[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
Ozzy Osbourne cancels European tour
Osbourne's is on medication
Ozzy Osbourne has had to cancel a European tour so that he can receive treatment for a nervous tremor.

The British singer said the tremor had almost destroyed his life.

He said he had been undergoing tests for the last three weeks for an involuntary shuddering which had become "markedly worse over the last two years".

His European tour had been scheduled to begin in Dublin on 22 October.

The former Black Sabbath singer found renewed fame with the MTV show The Osbournes, which propelled him to a worldwide audience.

'Not comfortable'

"I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," he said.

He added: "I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer."

There had been concerns he was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, but following weeks of tests doctors have now ruled that out.

Dr Allan Ropper, the chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University in Boston and Osbourne's doctor, said tests had showed Osbourne did not have Parkinson's disease.

He said his tremor was "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."

His tour will now be rescheduled for early 2004, a statement from the performer said.

Osbourne saves pet dog from coyotes
16 Jul 03  |  Entertainment
Sharon Osbourne 'left Ozzy'
11 Sep 03  |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific