The Day Ozzy Almost Died

12/09/2011
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(Gibson) On this day in 2003, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire, after being injured in a quad bike accident at his U.K. home. The 55-year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message. Gibson takes a look back: Rock and roll almost lost Ozzy Osbourne on this very day in 2003.

Ozzy Osbourne was back in England at his Buckinghamshire home, enjoying a day off from promoting his new duet with daughter Kelly. Taking a ride in the country on his ATV four-wheeler, Ozzy crashed, breaking his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck.

"I'd been racing along this dirt trail and my front wheels hit a pothole," Ozzy told Wales Online. "The bike shot out from under me and did a back flip in the air, throwing me on to the grass. For about a millionth of a second, I thought, 'Oh well, that wasn't so bad'. Then the whole lot landed on top of me. Crack!"

Ozzy's broken ribs proved exceptionally dangerous after doctors discovered that his lungs had started to fill with blood. There was also a chance he could lose an arm since a main artery had been severed.

Ozzy, however, in true-rock star fashion, was more concerned about his tattoo. more on this story

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