Ozzy Osbourne is now “breathing on his own” after pneumonia scare

The musician recently postponed some UK tour dates after falling ill with the flu

Ozzy Osbourne is now breathing on his own, after being treated in intensive care over fears he could develop pneumonia.

The former Black Sabbath singer recently postponed his next UK tour after contracting the flu. He later developed bronchitis and was sent to hospital by his doctors

According to the Sun, a source said: “Doctors feared he could contract pneumonia which, in a person over 70, can be fatal. This sparked a lot of panic among those closest to him but doctors reassured everyone he was in the best possible hands.

“Ozzy’s a fighter and is getting better day by day. The worst is over, he’s smiling again, and he can’t wait to get up on stage.”

Sharon Osbourne has now given an update on her husband’s condition. Speaking on CBS’s The Talk she said: “He’s doing good. He’s breathing on his own.” She added that Ozzy is “overcome by the response he’s had.”

Speaking of the postponed tour dates last month, the star said: “I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologise to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down.”

He added: “However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”

Despite the tour being called No More Tours 2, Osbourne has confirmed that he will still tour in the future. “People have gotten that all wrong,” he said of reports that he was planning to retire from performing. “The tour should have been the ‘Ozzy Osbourne Slowing Down Tour’.”

Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have been honoured with a “heavy metal” bench in their hometown of Birmingham. The bench incorporates the images of the original members and is inscribed with a message that reads: “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968.”