London: Rocker Ozzy Osbourne quit cocaine fearing for his life after years of heavy use tore the cartilage at the back of his throat "in half".
The Black Sabbath star was famed for his drug-taking and boozing in his early career, but admits dabbling with the white powder seriously affected his epiglottis and it once swelled to the size of a "golf ball" Osbourne admits the incident scared him into giving up the drug for good, reports contactmusic.com.
"In the mid-1970s I was taking so much coke (cocaine), I tore my clack (epiglottis) in half. The thing swelled up to the size of a golf ball. I thought, `Right, this is it - I`m gonna die now`," he wrote in his health column for a newspaper.
"So I went to see my doc (doctor). `Holy mother of Christ!` he screamed. `How in God`s name did you do that? Mr. Osbourne your epiglottis is the size of a light bulb and glowing almost as brightly... Whatever you`ve been doing - stop doing it`," he added.