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February 19, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne said on Thursday he fears he may not be able to perform again after an accident on an all-terrain vehicle late last year that left him in a coma for eight days.

“In my left shoulder I have a piece of metal approximately that long, that deep and screws in,” Osbourne said in an interview with ABC’s Primetime television show, to be broadcast on Thursday evening. “And I’m really frightened that I won’t be able to perform again ’cause that’s the love of my life.”

The 55-year-old rocker first shot to fame in the 1970s with Black Sabbath and remained in the public eye after he launched a solo career. At a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, he bit the head off a bat, which he has since said he thought was a toy.

In recent years his popularity has reached new heights with the success of the hit MTV reality series, “The Osbournes,” in which he stars with wife, Sharon, and two of his three children.

Osbourne crashed his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle, or quad bike, on Dec. 8 at his estate in Buckinghamshire in southern England. The bike flipped over and landed on him, leaving him with fractures in eight ribs and a vertebra.

Courtesy of Reuters