Ozzy Osbourne survives rock and roll lifestyle due to 'genetic mutation' in DNA

Ozzy Osbourne lived a drug fuelled life, but despite rocking out at every chance he got, the icon is still going strong at the age of 70.

And while we question how he’s managed to stand the test of time, it seems biologist Bill Sullivan has figured out how the Black Sabbath star has such a high tolerance against both drugs and alcohol.

In his new book Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are, the scientist puts Ozzy’s remarkable survival down to his genetics.

And we need some of these genes!

He wrote: ‘Ozzy is indeed a genetic mutant,’ which fans could have probably guessed.

But it’s supposedly the rocker’s genetic variations and mutations that have allowed him to live through such an extreme lifestyle, according to the New York Post.

Just last year, the star spoke to Orange County Register about his substance abuse, and how he has finally packed it all in.

He told the publication: ‘I don’t drink alcohol anymore…I don’t smoke tobacco. I don’t use drugs…I’m doing good right now.

‘I now think, “how did I think going into a bar and getting smashed and doing all that cocaine was fun?”‘

The Mr Crowley hitmaker, who is married to Sharon Osbourne, added: ‘I have come to think that if right now you had a gun, a bag of cocaine and a gallon of booze and you said “take your pick”, I’d pick up the gun. It’s not worth it.

‘I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, so I won’t be making one this year, I just hope that God keeps me alive.’

And he sure has been kept alive this year, as the star has suffered countless health issues, seeing him postpone his farewell tour on numerous occasions.

In recent months, Ozzy suffered a fall at his Los Angeles home while recovering from pneumonia, which saw him admitted into hospital.

In a statement back in April, he confessed: ‘I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates.

‘Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now.

‘I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going.’

He added: ‘Just know that I am getting better every day… I will fully recover… I will finish my tour… I will be back!’

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