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Ozzy Injured in ATV Accident

Rocker recovering from emergency surgery

December 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Ozzy Osbourne sustained numerous injuries and required emergency surgery after he was involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his Buckinghamshire estate in Southern England yesterday.

Osbourne broke eight ribs on his left side, a vertebra and his left collarbone in the incident. Though he required surgery to restore flow to a blood vessel that was damaged in the accident, the fifty-five-year-old rocker/TV star was described as "stable and comfortable" and resting at a London hospital.

The accident falls during a busy time for Osbourne. His duet with daughter Kelly (a cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes") is a contender for the U.K.'s much-publicized Christmas Number One. Production also recently started on the third season of his family's popular The Osbournes reality television show. And Osbourne also had a fall tour to reschedule; he cancelled the dates to undergo treatment for an involuntary tremor.

And in other Osbourne/hospital news, Ozzy recently placed a signed, limited-edition Down to Earth CD on eBay. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Cancer Hospital in Brazil.

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