Ozzy Osbourne has slammed rumours he is dead.The eccentric rocker was forced to make an official statement saying he was alive and well after Hollywood gossip spun out of control. The former 'Black Sabbath' frontman, whose drink and drug addictions were notorious for years, was said to have died yesterday (20.1.05) after falling seriously ill in London. The star's spokesman Jay Maroic said he was forced to contact Ozzy's wife, Sharon, to confirm the Los Angeles rumours weren't true after he was bombarded with calls from reporters and fans. Maroic said Ozzy and Sharon, who shot to fame with reality TV show 'The Osbournes', had simply flown to Britain for a relaxing week at their rural home. He added the rumours were "very upsetting" for the close-knit family. He added: "I can absolutely tell you that Ozzy is fine despite all these crazy rumours.

"I have spoken to Sharon and she told me that everything was okay despite what people are hearing.

It is totally not true and we have no idea where this has come from. Ozzy and Sharon are in Britain enjoying some quiet time together. Things like this are very upsetting for the family."

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