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Osbourne 'nearly died' in crash
Ozzy Osbourne
Osbourne said the accident had made him "grow up"
Singer Ozzy Osbourne has said he twice stopped breathing after being injured in a quad bike crash, it is reported.

Osbourne told the Sunday Mirror he was saved by his bodyguard Sam Ruston who gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"If it wasn't for Sam I probably wouldn't be here. He had to bring me back to life twice," he said.

Osbourne, 55, was in a coma for eight days after breaking eight ribs and puncturing a lung in the grounds of his Buckinghamshire mansion in December.

He said the accident had finally made him "grow up". He admitted he had not been wearing a crash helmet at the time of the accident.

"I'll never go near one of those damn bikes again," he said. "The thing nearly killed me. I am lucky to be here today and not paralysed."

At the end of last year Osbourne was voted rock star of the year in a poll of Virgin Radio listeners.

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