During a recent interview with Raised On Radio, Black Sabbath’s legendary frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon talked about Motörhead’s frontman and Ozzy gave the details of the last conversation he had with Lemmy Kilmister.
Ozzy Osbourne is without a doubt one of the most successful rockstars of all time and his success has enabled him to work with and befriend influential musicians such as Lemmy Kilmister who is best known as the founder, lead vocalist, bassist, and main songwriter of the legendary British heavy metal band, Motörhead.
Lemmy is often referred to as one of the founding fathers of heavy metal and his work was highly appreciated in the metal scene. Sadly, his health started deteriorating in 2013 and he passed away on December 28, 2015, from congestive heart failure, prostate cancer, and cardiac arrhythmia. His death was announced on Motörhead’s social media accounts who added that he was diagnosed with cancer two days prior to his death.
During his recent interview, Ozzy talked about his close relationship with Lemmy and said that he was probably one of the last people to speak to him. He said that he decided to call Lemmy after a friend told him that he was probably not going to make it. Ozzy said that the call was just terrible as he couldn’t even make out what he was saying.
Ozzy also said that the last time he saw Lemmy in person was six months before his passing and recalled that he looked ‘thin and gowned.’ Even though they tried to steer away from talking about his illness, at some point Lemmy told Ozzy that he could have lived longer if he led a healthier life. However, he also said that he lived his life the way he wanted to live it and thus, has no regrets.
Here’s what Ozzy said about his last phone call with Lemmy
“I was probably one of the last people to speak to him.
I’d phone him up; somebody said he was not gonna make it, so I phoned him and I put him on the phone. And I couldn’t make out what he was saying… Oh, it was terrible…”
When asked about whether they knew he was ill, Sharon said:
“Everybody knew he was ill. He’d lost an awful lot of weight… Ozzy will tell you the story of when he toured with Ozzy in South America…?”
Ozzy chimed in and said:
“I flew down to South America with him about six months before, and he looked terribly thin and gowned, and my heart broke for him.”
Then the interviewer asked:
“Did he say anything what was it? Or just carrying on as normal?”
To which Ozzy responded:
“Yeah, he tried to carry on as normal but it was one of the things where he knows you know but you didn’t want to say anything.
But he worked right up to the very end. He said, ‘I could have probably lived another 10 years if I hadn’t smoked and didn’t live my lifestyle, but I lived my life the way I wanted to live it.'”
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