Sharon Osbourne Recalled Her Battle with Cancer, Saying She Might Have Died If Not for Ozzy

Oyin Balogun
Dec 19, 2019
12:30 P.M.
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Nearly two decades after the 67-year-old battled and overcame colon cancer against a 33% odd, Sharon Osbourne stands tall as a favorite television personality thanks to her outspoken nature.


Famous for her appearances on the syndicated talk show, “The Talk,” Sharon Osbourne has gradually set the strides in television, emerging one of the most outspoken show hosts to grace the screens.

The mother of three once opened up about her battle with cancer and how her husband, Ozzy, was a contributing factor to her recovery.

Sharon Osbourne attends the press night performance of "Nativity! The Musical" on December 12, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



Sharon Osbourne’s cancer diagnosis came up in 2002. According to the daytime talk show host, her husband saved her life as he prompted her to run the test, which led to the detection of the dreaded condition.

During an episode of “The Talk,” the mother of three detailed how she learnt of the condition, also expressing that she could have died if not for Ozzy. She explained:

“I would never ever had gone for a test if it wasn’t for my husband because he’s so health-conscious and went for a test and said I had to go and I said what for? I didn’t even know what a colon was.”


Sharon Osbourne attends the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

A week after the test, her results came out positive, confirming she had stage three colon cancer which already spread to her lymph nodes due to late detection.


In another episode of her famed CBS show, Sharon narrated her bitter ordeals during her years of undergoing chemo, describing her bouts of seizures as she went in and out of consciousness, battling for her life.

Against all odds, she overcame the condition and went on total remission. A decade later, the 67-year-old discovered she was at risk of coming down with breast cancer. To prevent a recurrence of her 2002 ordeal, the mother of three did a double mastectomy and have remained cancer-free, to date.

Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne at Ozzy Osbourne Announces "No More Tours 2" Final World Tour At Press Conference on February 6, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images



Sharon Osbourne is a television personality and wife of popular rock star, Ozzy Osbourne. The talk show host met her husband when she was eighteen and employed under her father, Don Arden, who was the then Black Sabbath manager.

Ozzy was a vocalist on the band but got fired shortly after they met, prompting Sharon Osbourne, young as she was to take up his management, and the two began dating.

The pair tied the knot on July 4, 1982, in Maui, Hawaii and together, they have three children who featured alongside them in their MTV reality series, “The Osbournes.”


Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne are seen leaving the Arts Club Mayfair on December 2, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images


Sharon Osbourne’s kids all came from her relationship with the former Black Sabbath. Together, they are parents to three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack. 


The Osbournes’ first daughter, Aimee spent her early years avoiding the spotlights, moving out of her home when she was 16 to avoid being on her family’s 2002 MTV reality show. But as the years progressed, the spotlights soon caught up with her as she grew up to become a singer and songwriter.

Kelly Osbourne, Musician Sir Elton John and Sharon Osbourne at the 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party on March 7, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images


Their daughter, Kelly, 35, rose to fame as an actress, singer and model following her shine on “The Osbournes.”

Jack Osbourne, the last child of the family, and the couple’s only son ventured into showbiz as an actor, film director and producer. He has three children, Pearl Clementine, Andy Rose and Minnie Theodora from his ex-wife, Lisa Stelly (div. March 2019).


It has not always been rosy for the love birds. In fact, their marriage has been one of the most tumultuous in Hollywood, yet, they’ve held strong for decades.


Over the years, their union has been plagued with fights, substance abuse, cheating scandals, violence and dramatic public displays. Barely seven years into their marriage, the love pair recorded one of their most controversial feats after Ozzy was arrested for trying to strangle his wife to death under the influence of hard substances. 

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the Pride Of Britain Awards on October 30, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images


This led the “heavy metal” singer to spend six months in rehab, after which his loving wife embraced him once again. More controversies followed, but the ever-loving television personality, who described herself as “a beaten woman” kept forgiving her husband without fail.

In 2017, the couple resolved to put their scandalous past behind them, following a brief split on account of Ozzy’s alleged affair with his hairstylist, and embrace a new beginning in their marriage without the negativity. In lieu of this, they renewed their marriage vows, and have remained the model couple ever since. 

Sharon Osbourne attends the Billy Morrison - Aude Somnia Solo Exhibition on September 28, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images


In a November 2017 episode of “The Talk,” the Black Sabbath vocalist opened up about his new relationship with wife since their marriage renewal saying:

“It’s 1,000 percent better. It’s a journey, really, a marriage. You go up, you go down, you make mistakes… I’ve learned a lot this year.”

Also gracing the CBS show alongside his father to discuss the family’s newfound peace was the show host’s son, Jack Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne at the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight party for Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images



Sharon Osbourne’s “The Talk” career sailed in 2010 as a co-host on the CBS talk show alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Marie Osmond, Eve, Carrie Innaba, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler.

The Sara Gilbert’s creation is aimed at dissecting issues and trending events or headlines while trying to maintain a motherly perspective. The show also conducts guest interviews for celebrities and boasts of a special segment for mothers.

The 67-year-old has come a long way since her dark years, emerging stronger for it.