Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Ozzy in tribute to 'dedicated' NHS

Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne became one of the first generation of NHS babies in 1948
Ozzy Osbourne's Quad Bike, on which he had his life-threatening accident in 2003 and was treated by NHS staff

Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to the NHS 63 years after it was founded in the year of his birth.

The former Black Sabbath frontman, who was born five months after the service was created on this day in 1948, was one of the first generation of NHS babies.

The singer was also treated by NHS staff in 2003 after a near-fatal accident at his Buckinghamshire home left him with a fractured neck vertebra, eight fractured ribs and a broken collarbone.

He said: "If it wasn't for the hardworking staff of the NHS following my serious quad bike accident, I may not be here today to continue my career as the Prince of Darkness.

"I want to say a big thank you to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and everyone else who makes up the NHS across the country - from Birmingham to Berkshire. Just like me, it's still going strong after 63 years. Long may we both keep it up."

Osbourne, who first found fame in the 1970s as the lead singer of the ground-breaking heavy metal band, became a star all over again when the fly-on-the-wall reality TV show The Osbournes became an unexpected hit.

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