Ozzy Osbourne says he was “one of the last people” to speak to Lemmy before he died

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7 Jan 2021, 17:16

Ozzy Osbourne has recalled the last time he spoke to his friend Lemmy from Motorhead.

In an interview with Planet Rock, the Black Sabbath frontman said he was “probably one of the last people” to speak to Lemmy Kilmister before his sad death.

Lemmy and Ozzy were close friends, and the pair co-wrote many songs together before Lemmy died from cancer in 2015. 

Osbourne remembers how he called Lemmy up for one last chat after being made aware that Lemmy was seriously unwell. 

“I’d phone him up; somebody said he was not gonna make it, so I phoned him and they put him on the phone. And I couldn’t make out what he was saying. It was terrible,” he said.

The pair had toured together many times, including a final run of shows in South America in 2015.

“I flew down to South America with him about six months before, and he looked terribly thin and gaunt, and my heart broke for him,” Osbourne remembers

“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.’”

Ozzy and his wife Sharon also talked about Lemmy writing ‘No More Tears’ for Ozzy’s 1990 record of the same name. The rumoured was that Lemmy wrote it in just 15 minutes.

“It was done very quickly because Lemmy had done so much touring with Ozzy, and we lived in the same town, and he was a really good friend of both of us,” Sharon said.

“And he was probably the most well-read man I’d ever met in my life. Brilliant, he had a brilliant vocabulary, and I don’t think that many people realise that.”

Ozzy is currently working on the follow up to 2020’s ‘Ordinary Man’. It's set to be a star studded affair with appearances from Metallica’s Robert Trujillo on bass and shared drumming duties from Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith.