Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to David Bowie, who died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday. Ozzy told RollingStone.com: “[The news of Bowie’s death] knocked the shit out of me. I had no idea that he was so ill… I don’t think anybody knew how sick he was. I’d heard the reason he stopped touring was because he had two heart attacks or something. But apparently it was cancer.
“Anyway, he’s gone,” Osbourne continued. “It’s a terrible hole in the fucking business. He was such a talented guy, man. When you go from ‘Ziggy Stardust’ to his tours, and he’s a fashion guy, he was always trying to beat himself and he pulled it off time and time again.
“He was one of the greats.”
According to reports from insiders in the David Bowie camp, the music legend died from liver cancer, after suffering from a handful heart attacks in recent years.
Bowie died on January 10 following a private 18-month battle against the disease. Stage director Ivo van Hove, who had been working with Bowie on his musical “Lazurus” — which is running in Manhattan’s New York Theatre Workshop through January 17 — revealed to The Independent that he knew Bowie was ill for “about a year.”
Bowie biographer Wendy Leigh went on to tell the BBC that musician’s recent health woes were actually quite extensive. “He didn’t just battle cancer,” she said. “He had six heart attacks in recent years. I got this from somebody very close to him.”