“I might be unsinkable!”: Ozzy Osbourne on how he once “died twice on the way to hospital”

The Black Sabbath icon thought he would "be dead by 40"

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he “died twice on the way to hospital” at one point during his chemically-fuelled younger years.

The metal legend was hospitalised last month after suffering complications from the flu. In a later update, he said that he had developed pneumonia and was forced to cancel his planned tour to recover at home.

Now, the former Black Sabbath singer has discussed sobriety while recalling his earlier days of rock ‘n’ roll debauchery.

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Osbourne said: “When I first tried being sober I did think, ‘I’m better than I was before!’ But that’s because before I was lying on some bathroom floor covered in piss! I just got fed up with myself.

Ozzy Osbourne - Download 2018

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“It was fun for a while but in the end, with all the chemicals, I’d nearly kill myself on a daily basis. I know what to do if I fancy a drink. I know how to get one of those. But right now I don’t want one.”

The singer went on to say that he thought he would die young as a result of his addictions and lifestyle. “If you’d said to me years ago, ‘How long do you think you’ll last?’ I would’ve said, ‘I’ll be dead by 40!’” he explained.

“Luck has shadowed me all the way,” the 70-year-old rocker added. “If you’d read a news story that said, ‘Ozzy Osbourne has been found dead in his hotel room!’, you wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, really?’ would you? You’d say, ‘Well, obviously!’”

Reeling off his previous lucky escapes, Ozzy remembered: “I’ve fallen out of lift shafts and windows. I broke my neck on a quad bike. There was one time when I died twice on the way to hospital. I might be unsinkable!”

Sharon Osbourne confirmed that Ozzy was out of intensive care last month by thanking fans for their support. “We are overwhelmed and truly touched by everyone’s thoughtfulness,” she said.