LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne said Tuesday that he was being treated for a nervous tremor he blamed for almost destroying his life and had scrapped a planned European tour in order to recover.
The British-born rocker said he had been undergoing tests for the past three weeks for an involuntary shuddering that had become "markedly worse over the last two years."
"I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," said Osbourne, who has found a wide audience as a foul-mouthed, shuffling patriarch in MTV's hit reality series The Osbournes, which takes viewers into his home.
"I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer," Osbourne said.
Dr. Allan Ropper, the chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University in Boston and Osbourne's physician, said tests had showed Osbourne did not have Parkinson's disease and that his tremor was "coming under control with medication."
"Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time," Ropper said.
Osbourne's European Tour, which had been scheduled to begin in Dublin on October 22, will be rescheduled for early 2004, the statement from the performer said.
The tour, which had been rescheduled once after a previous cancellation, had been set to run through December 5 in Munich.