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'I Felt The Calmest I've Ever Felt In My Life': Ozzy Osbourne Describes Trying To Murder His Wife In 1989

Ozzy Osbourne notoriously tried to strangle his wife Sharon Osbourne in 1989, an incident he describes as "not exactly one of [his] greatest f—ing achievements."

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Ozzy Osbourne once tried to murder his wife while under the influence of drugs, describing the disturbing incident as "not exactly one of [his] greatest f—ing achievements" in a new documentary.

The Black Sabbath frontman, now 71, can be seen reflecting on his life in the recently premiered A&E documentary, "Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne." Also featured are his children and his wife of more than 30 years, Sharon Osbourne, who described the "frightening" incident in 1989 when Ozzy tried to murder her. 

Sharon, 67, recalled putting her three children to bed on that fateful night and then sitting down to read. At the time, the couple had been fighting frequently and she felt that the animosity was "building to something," she said. When her husband, who had taken numerous drugs, came into the room a short time later, his demeanor tipped her off that something was different.

"I had no idea who was sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn't my husband," she said. "He goes to a stage where he gets this look in his eyes where ... his shutters are down on his eyes and I just couldn't get through to him. And he just said, 'We've come to a decision that you've got to die.'" 

Ozzy then attacked her without warning.

"He was calm, very very calm and then just suddenly he lunged across at me. He just dived on me and started to choke me. He got me down on the ground on top of me and I was feeling for stuff on the table and I felt the panic button and I just pressed it. And next thing I know, the cops were there."

When discussing the incident, Ozzy described feeling a sense of calm before the violent act.

"I felt the calmest I've ever felt in my life," he said. "It was like serenity. ... Everything was just peaceful."

After the violent incident, Ozzy was arrested and woke up in a local jail, but could not, initially, remember how he'd ended up there.

"All I remember is waking up in Amersham jail and I asked the cop, 'Why am I here?' He says, 'You want me to read your charge?'" Ozzy said. "So he read, 'John Michael Osbourne, you have been arrested for the attempted murder of Sharon Osbourne.'"

He went on to say that the realization of what he'd done "hit [him] like a hammer in between the eyes." Sharon ultimately had the charges dropped, which surprised her husband, but while Ozzy spent six months in a treatment facility, she seriously considered divorcing him. In the end, however, the couple decided to stay together. 

The incident is one of great shame for the rock legend, who said during the documentary, "It's not exactly one of my greatest f—ing achievements."

The A&E documentary isn't the couple's first time discussing the traumatic event. During a joint interview with "60 Minutes Australia" in 2010, the pair opened up about what happened. Sharon explained that she was caught by surprise when her husband came into the room wearing his underwear, leading her to think that he was about to go to bed, but then he, instead, attacked her.

"He lunged on me and got me down to the floor and started strangling me," she recalled. 

Still, the disturbing attack wasn't enough for Ozzy to stop drinking, he admitted. He has since abandoned drugs and alcohol, telling Rolling Stone in February that he's maintained his sobriety for the past seven years.

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