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OH MY QUAD!; Moment Ozzy nearly died after crashing his bike.


LYING grievously injured on the ground after crashing his quad bike, this is the how Ozzy Osbourne was brought back from the dead by bodyguard Sam Ruston.

As Sam, 45, crouches over the star to give him the kiss of life, a cameraman recording the scene is heard to mutter "Oh, my God!" Nearby are the two men's bikes with Ozzy's skid marks clearly etched in the grass. Footage of the grim drama, captured by an MTV crew filming Ozzy's reality show, The Osbournes, was shown for the first time on US TV.

The former Black Sabbath frontman revealed: "It was just a terrible accident. I'd had absolutely no drugs or alcohol.

"The last thing I remember is getting on the bike and something in mind going 'Bad move - something really bad is going to happen'. And I go 'Oh-oh'."

Helmetless Ozzy, 55, crashed the bike while hurtling round his estate at Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, in December.

He had a punctured lung, eight broken ribs, smashed collarbone, crushed vertebra and concussion and was in a coma for eight days.

Bodyguard Sam told US presenter Diane Sawyer: "I see the bike hit some berms, and it starts to bounce with Ozzy holding on.

"The back of the bike comes off the ground, throwing him over the handlebars. As the bike tumbles, he gets entangled and rolls with it. I turned him over and put my head on his chest. There was no breath, no heartbeat.

"I tilted his head back, pinched his nose and cleared his mouth. His tongue had fallen deep in his throat so I cleared it and breathed four short breaths in his mouth."

Ozzy breathed but then stopped a second time. Ruston again resuscitated the stricken singer.

He said: "He was the weirdest blue colour. I gave one good breath, and he started breathing again."

Wild man Ozzy came round and, typically, his first words were: "Just get me the f**k up."

Ozzy told of his fear that damage to his neck may harm his career, saying: "I'm really frightened as music is the love of my life."

Daughter Kelly, 19, disclosed the emotional moment she told her dad in hospital that their duet changes was the new British No 1 - Ozzy's first.

She said: "He couldn't talk but started crying and silently held up a finger to show No 1. It was the best moment."


LIFESAVER: Hero bodyguard Sam gives Ozzy the kiss of life as stricken star lies on the brink of death after crashing his quad bike; HERO: Sam twice brought Ozzy, left, back to life
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2004
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