MTV star Osbourne undergoes cancer surgery

Thursday July 04, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Sharon Osbourne, wife of British rocker Ozzy Osbourne and star of the MTV reality show “The Osbournes,” underwent surgery Wednesday for a treatable cancer, a family publicist said. 

Spokeswoman Lisa Vega would not identify what type of cancer Osbourne has or where the surgery would take place, but said it would be completed by early evening. 

“The Osbournes,” the highest-rated program in MTV’s history, chronicles the unorthodox home life of Ozzy, Sharon, and two of their three children — 17-year-old daughter Kelly and 16-year-old son Jack. Thursday is the couple’s 20-year wedding anniversary. 

Vegas said the entire family, including daughter Aimee, 18, who does not appear on the show, were at the hospital with her. 

“Everyone is in good spirits because the prognosis is very positive,” Vega said. “The doctors have told them all she’s expected to make a full recovery. Obviously, they’re concerned for their mother and are by her side, but they’re all looking forward to a positive outcome.” 

Osbourne was scheduled to be hospitalized overnight, and Vega said she was not sure if the stay would last any longer. 

“We know Sharon will conquer this with the same tenacity and vibrancy she approaches everything else in her life,” the MTV network said in a written statement. “Our thoughts are with Sharon and the entire Osbourne family and we send her our love and support for a complete recovery.” 

Because of the surgery, the first two dates of Osbourne’s Ozzfest 2002 summer music tour, in Bristol, Va., and Pittsburgh, have been postponed.