So, here me out, but a new book has speculated that Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has been able to withstand years of substance abuse because of a genetic mutation.

In his book (deep breath) Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are, genetic research professor Bill Sullivan claims that a human genome company found a quirk in the Prince of Darkness’ DNA.

In 2010, Knome Inc were looking to study a remarkable human’s DNA and instead of putting Paul McCartney, Stephen Hawking or Bill Gates under the microscope… they wanted Ozzy.

Specifically, they wanted to know what genes had kept him alive through decades of heavy drug and alcohol abuse, so they reached out.

“I was curious … given the swimming pools of booze I’ve guzzled over the years — not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol … you name it — there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why,” Ozzy told The Guardian in 2010.

And what was there conclusion?

“Ozzy is indeed a genetic mutant,” Bill Sullivan wrote.


The scientists also determined that not only was Oz genetically predisposed towards addiction, which Sullivan says, “has more to do with our DNA than our moral fibre,” but a mutation which allows him to drink in larger-than-normal quantities.

There you go.

Wonder if Keith Richards has the same quirk.

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