English rocker and reality-TV star Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his scheduled appearance at South by Southwest, citing concerns about the coronavirus, Variety reported Thursday.
A statement from a representative for Osborne noted: "Following recent cancellations by major corporations, artists, record companies and studios because of the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, Ozzy Osbourne has likewise decided to cancel his upcoming appearance at SXSW."
Osbourne, who released the new album "Ordinary Man" last month, was scheduled to be part of a conversation with his son Jack Osbourne, and comedian and radio personality Jim Norton in conjunction with "Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne," an upcoming A&E television special.
As of late Thursday afternoon, the "Biography" screenings on March 14 and March 17 remained on the official SXSW schedule, and director R. Greg Johnston is still listed as attending.
Osbourne previously had canceled U.S. tour dates this year "to allow him to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year," according to Variety. Osbourne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year.