But it was a trip in his own home that madeĀ Ozzy OsbourneĀ think he was facing his last moments on Earth.
The Prince of Darkness and self-confessed āComeback Kidā spent two months in the hospital and needed three operations.
The fall had dislodged metal rods in his body, put there after the 2003 quad bike ordeal.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the ex-Black Sabbath singer opens up for the first time about the fall in January that left him with 15 screws in his spine ā but also got him āoff his a**eā and making music again.
The recovering drug addict chats about using cannabis oil to help with chronic insomnia, howĀ Elton JohnĀ helped him through his pain and how a brief affair with hairdresser Michelle Pugh in 2016 has been forgiven byĀ TV star Sharon, his wife of 37 years.
Talking in hisĀ HollywoodĀ home about the aftermath of the fall, Ozzy, 70, reveals: āSharon was saying, āYouāve got to get out of bedā. I would say, āWhatās the point, Iām dyingā. There were many times I thought, āIām done.ā I was scared. I thought that was it.ā
He had got up to go to the bathroom, fell over a rug and bashed his head. He went face down and his neck was forced back.
Before the fall, Ozzy had beenĀ hit with bronchitis and pneumoniaĀ as a result of flu complications.
And this was after surgery on his right hand last October because he had contracted a potentially deadly staph infection that affects skin.
Ozzy says: āI had a great run until I turned 70 in December, then all hell broke loose.ā
He shows me deep scars cut into the top of his back, the result of the surgery, and adds: āIāve got about 15 screws in my spine now. Let me show you the X-rays. āSharon, get my phone pleaseā.ā
As Sharon, 66, hands Ozzy his mobile, she says: āItās been the worst year.ā
Scrolling through X-rays Ozzy says: āIām like a superhero, held together by screws, but I aināt felt like a superhero for months. Iāve felt dreadful.
āIt was the nerve pain that was excruciating and left me numb. You should have seen me a month ago.
āI was sitting in a rigid pose for three months. I had to have nurses 24/7. I am walking better now but Iām not 100 percent on my feet. It has been unbelievable.ā
Ozzy has been recuperating and fighting to get fit for his solo tour, which was rescheduled for next February after his accident.
Sharon and her dogĀ ElvisĀ welcome me into the home and show me to the mansionās basement cinema, where Ozzyās Black Sabbath and solo platinum discs and awards adorn the staircase walls.
As he shuffles to take his seat, Ozzy says: āI got up in the night and went to the bathroom but it was pitch black, so I went down with a slam!
āI thought I was paralyzed. I didnāt freak out, I just lay there knowing it was really bad. Sharon came down and I told her to phone for an ambulance. I went straight in and had an MRI.
āI then didnāt leave for months. I neededĀ surgeryĀ to cut through the nerves.ā
Coming out of surgery, Ozzy describes the pain as āexcruciatingā. He says: āI usually bounce back but I felt so dreadful. I lay there not getting better for three months. I thought I was paralyzed. I said, āSharon youāve got to tell me the bloody truth. Is this permanent now? Am I paralyzed?ā
āI knew it was something serious and thought, āWhat the fāk have they done to me?ā I was on painkillers and messed up. It has been the worst experience of my life.
āI was in absolute shock. I was convinced that Sharon knew something I didnāt. I thought I was dying. I have never felt so bad in my life. It was fāking agony.ā
Ozzy had cheated death before. In 2003 he stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating following the quad bike accident at his estate in Bucks.
And of his drink and drug-taking past, he says: āI overdosed on drugs many times so I am lucky to be here anyway. Iāve had so many brushes with death that Iām the Comeback Kid. If I was a cat Iād have 33 lives.ā
In classic Ozzy speak, he says: āI didnāt think I would last the rest of my life.ā The dad of six adds: āWhen I was 25, I thought, āI aināt going to live past 40ā, and then I got to 40 and thought maybe itās worth sticking around a bit longer.
āBut this year thereās been everything thrown at me. I found out Iāve got blood clots so I am on blood thinners. I even had all my teeth removed.
āThe way I am going I will be just a head on a stick.ā
Recovery has been slow for Ozzy and there is still some way to go. But what has changed in recent weeks is his self-belief and drive.
He says: āI want to get back on stage and Iāve started making music again. Recovering has been a long process. Iāve got to have physical therapy and Iām training.
āThis morning I did half an hour on my exercise machine. Iāve always been a very athletic person and I judge my success by how long I can go on my elliptical machine. I couldnāt do five minutes when I was first home but now Iām up to half an hour with ease.ā
Ozzy, who has been clean for years, started taking CBD oil made from cannabis to help him sleep.
He says: āI donāt get loaded with it, so itās fine. Iām a chronic insomniac. Before, I was sleeping one hour a day. I was nuts. CBD oil really works to help sleeping.
“Itās not something processed that you inject it into your arm which makes you see fāking Martians everywhere. Itās not like that ā and believe me, Iāve seen a few Martians in my day.ā
Ozzy credits Sharon, his family and close friends such as Elton John for supporting him.
He says: āElton told me to get off the couch and start walking, which was what I needed, as I couldnāt move off it for months.
āHe was right. Elton is a sweetheart. He has phoned me throughout all this. He was at the house the other day with his two boys. They are great kids. They are such a good family. You would be surprised, when you are feeling miserable you find out who is a friend and who doesnāt give a sāt.
āSlash, Jonathan Davis [Korn frontman] and Tony Iommi [Black Sabbath guitarist] have all called.
āTony has called daily to ask how Iām feeling. That means so much when you canāt fāking move. Iāve not heard a thing from Geezer Butler or Bill Ward [original Black Sabbath members]Ā though, which is OK because you donāt have to call. But if it was any of them Iād be on the phone all the time.ā
Ozzy believes making music again has helped save his life. He says: āIāve made a new album and itās helped get me back on track.
āI was just lying in my own self-pity for months. Itās the greatest album Iāve done.ā
The record came after he was asked to appear on a track by rapper Post Malone.
He adds: āIād never even heard of this kid. He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want,’ so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Maloneās producer Andrew Watt. Itās only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today.ā
As Ozzy plays me “Ordinary Man,” a song from his new record, he says: āIf it wasnāt for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, āIām going to be lying here foreverā. Iāve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my aā.ā
But making studio album No 12 has reminded Ozzy he is not getting any younger.
He says: āThis is my first recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch.
āMusic goes straight online these days and thatās quicker than it takes me to write a text. Itās all about downloads and streaming now. What the fāk does that mean? Whatās Spotify? I thought it was a skin problem where you woke up spotified.
āThe album was all finished in four weeks. I said to Sharon that I didnāt feel like Iād made an album because we havenāt ended up screaming at each other.ā
Ozzy admits he is getting on better than ever with Sharon following his six-month affair.
With a smile he says: āSharon and I have never been as close as we are now. Itās great. Sharon has been a god.
āWe all make mistakes. Iām lucky she took me back. Sometimes I sit there and go, āWhat the fāk was I thinking?ā I wonāt understand why it happened until the day I die.ā
After getting through the trauma of the past few months, Ozzy says he wants to make the most of his time left and hopes his solo tour will be the best yet.
He says: āIām no spring chicken. The knocks you suffer stay with you. Iām hoping to be fully better for the tour. Iām still scared of falling as Iām a bit unsteady on my feet and getting my balance back.
āIf my balance is OK, I will be fine. But Iām not retiring. Iām going to keep making music until I drop dead.ā
This article originally appeared in The Sun.