11 times Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne made Birmingham proud

We’ve taken a look at 11 times Ozzy Osbourne made Birmingham proud

Ozzy Osbourne is arguably Birmingham’s most famous musician.

The Prince of Darkness is known around the world for being the lead singer of legendary rock group - and heavy metal pioneers - Black Sabbath.

The War Pigs and Paranoid singer also embarked on a successful solo career post Sabbath, helping to put Birmingham on the map long before Peaky Blinders became a global phenomenon.

Ozzy's MTV family show The Osbournes with his wife Sharon and children in the early 00s was seen as the first real reality TV show, paving the way for the likes of Keeping up with the Kardashians - although they might not have seen that coming at the time!

Ozzy's struggles with substance abuse from his controversial hellraising days in Sabbath are well documented, and his fame knows no bounds as people worship him as the godfather of heavy metal across the world.

He was born in Brum in 1948 and grew up in Aston. He has spent many years living in LA, but has now recently moved back to his family home in Buckinghamshire as he turns 75 on December 3.

Ozzy has suffered with a number of health issues in recent years. In 2003, Ozzy suffered a fall and dislodged metal rods placed in his spine following a quad-bike accident. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease and emphysema - a lung condition that causes shortness of breath.

As a tribute to one of Birmingham’s biggest icons, we’ve taken a look at 11 times Ozzy made you proud to be a Brummie (there are many more):

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