Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne still have their assisted-suicide pact in place should either of them become terminally ill or develop dementia
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, along with their children Jack and Kelly, have just dropped the fifth episode of their recently resurrected podcast.
In this latest installment, the family delves into various intriguing topics, including Sharon Osbourne‘s revelation in her 2007 memoir. In her memoir, she shared the agreement she and Ozzy had made that, if confronted with the common form of dementia, they would consider seeking assistance from the Swiss organization Dignitas for end-of-life options.
Asked by Jack if that is “still a plan,” Sharon responded: “Do you think that we’re gonna suffer?” When Jack countered with, “Aren’t we already all suffering?”, Sharon said: “Yes, we all are, but I don’t want it to actually hurt as well. Mental suffering is enough pain without physical. So if you’ve got mental and physical, see ya.” Kelly then asked, “But what if you could survive?” to which Sharon responded: “Yeah, what if you survived and you can’t wipe your own ass, you’re pissing everywhere, shitting, can’t eat.”
Ozzy previously told The Mirror back in 2014 that his and Sharon‘s suicide pact had been extended to cover any life-threatening condition, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
“If I can’t live my life the way I’m living it now — and I don’t mean financially — then that’s it…[Switzerland],” he said. “If I can’t get up and go to the bathroom myself and I’ve got tubes up my ass and an enema in my throat, then I’ve said to Sharon, ‘Just turn the machine off.’ If I had a stroke and was paralyzed, I don’t want to be here. I’ve made a will and it’s all going to Sharon if I die before her, so ultimately it will all go to the kids.”
In 2007, initial reports emerged that Ozzy had entered into a pact with Sharon—a profound decision rooted in her desire to spare herself the anguish she witnessed during her father Don Arden‘s battle with Alzheimer’s. Sharon Osbourne had disclosed that she and Ozzy had jointly reached this solemn understanding earlier that year, following the passing of music mogul Arden, who succumbed to the ravages of the neurodegenerative disease and passed away in July 2007 at the age of 81.
Sharon said: “We believe 100 per cent in euthanasia, so have drawn up plans to go to the assisted suicide flat in Switzerland if we ever have an illness that affects our brains. If Ozzy or I ever got Alzheimer’s, that’s it — we’d be off. We gathered the kids around the kitchen table, told them our wishes and they’ve all agreed to go with it.”
She continued: “There’s no way I could go through what [my father] did, or put my kids through that. My father deteriorated at such a rapid speed he became a shell of himself. Some say the disease is hereditary so at the first sign I want to be put out of my misery.”
The second season of “The Osbournes” podcast launched on September 12. The season consists of 20 episodes and is being made available in video and audio formats.