Posted: Dec 03, 2015 01:00 AM CST
Updated: May 17, 2016 09:03 AM CDT
Ozzy Osbourne, seen here in 2007, was born John Michael Osbourne on Dec. 3, 1948. The nickname Ozzy was given to him in primary school and stuck.
After going through several names, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne settled on Black Sabbath in 1969.
The band in its original lineup would go on to release eight albums and record such hits as "War Pigs," "Iron Man" and "Paranoid."
Osbourne on stage with Tony Iommi during a 1973 concert in Australia.
The cover of "Black Sabbath Vol. 4," released in 1974, features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert.
Ozzy (far right) and the rest of Black Sabbath were featured on the cover of 1975's "Sabotage."
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler perform during a 1977 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Released in September 1978, "Never Say Die!" was Ozzy's last studio album with Black Sabbath before he embarked on a solo career.
"Blizzard of Ozz," Osbourne's solo debut, was released on Sept. 20, 1980.
Osbourne with Randy Rhoads, who played guitar on 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" and 1981's "Diary of a Madman." Rhoads died at age 25 in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.
Ozzy's follow up record was "Diary of a Madman," released on Nov. 7, 1981.
A promotional photo of Ozzy Osbourne taken in 1982, around the time of his "Speak of the Devil" album.
Osbourne was arrested May 1984 in Memphis, Tenn., for public intoxication.
Osbourne rejoined Black Sabbath's for the 1985 star-studded benefit concert Live Aid.
"No Rest for the Wicked" was Osbourne's fifth studio album, released on Oct. 22, 1988.
"No More Tears" was released in 1991 and became one of Osbourne's two best-selling albums in North America, along with his debut "Blizzard of Ozz," having been certified four times platinum by the RIAA and double platinum by CRIA. To date, sales stand at over 5 million copies worldwide.
Osbourne, flanked by Marilyn Manson and Robbie Williams, touches his star after he was honored with the 2,195th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on April 12, 2002.
Osbourne attends the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2002.
Ozzy and his family, Jack, Sharon and Kelly, host the American Music Awards on Jan. 11, 2003. The family became famous thanks to their reality show "The Osbournes," which ran for four seasons between 2002 and 2005.
Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Zakk Wylde perform before the start of the New England Patriots home opener game against the Oakland Raiders in Foxboro, Mass., on Sept. 8, 2005.
Ozzy poses backstage with his fellow Black Sabbath bandmates Bill Ward, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 13, 2006.
Osbourne shows his Scream Rock Immortal Award during the taping of Spike TV's Scream Awards 2006 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2006.
Osbourne and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, smile as they arrive at the "An Enduring Vision" benefit for the Elton John AIDS foundation in New York City on Sept. 25, 2007.
Osbourne poses for photographers during the launch of his new book "I Am Ozzy" at a music store in central London on Oct. 2, 2009.
James Hetfield of Metallica performs with Ozzy Osbourne onstage at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 30, 2009, in New York City.
Osbourne being interviewed later during the April 30, 2010, OZZFest news conference.
Osbourne's most recent solo release was 2010's "Scream."
Osbourne and Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) wave onstage during the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Washington Mall on Oct. 30, 2010.
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne attend the MTV EMA's 2014 on Nov. 9, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Osbourne attends an art exhibit in Beverly Hills on Sept. 2, 2015.
Osbourne poses with his family at the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Sept. 28, 2015, in London, England.