Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sharon Osbourne Facing Loss

With her youngest daughter about to tread the boards in her West End debut, like any proud mother Sharon Osbourne was overcome with emotion. Sadly, the sentimental outburst wasn't for her daughter Kelly, but her pampered pooch, Minnie. Just hours earlier the X Factor judge had been told that her beloved blonde Pomeranian was suffering with life-threatening pneumonia. Reluctant to leave the animal's side, Sharon eventually decided to brave the red carpet in support of her youngest daughter's debut in the stage musical, Chicago. Wearing a somber black jacket – perhaps in tribute to her dying pet – the British star gripped onto her husband Ozzy's arm for moral support. But minutes before the show's curtains up, it all became too much and she began to sob.

A friend told the Daily Mail: "Of all her dogs, Sharon is undoubtedly closest to Minnie. The pair has a real bond and it was Minnie who sat loyally beside her bed during those terrible months she was fighting her battle against cancer. Sharon felt that after being told Minnie is on her last legs, she should return the favour and stay by Minnie's side. But of course she couldn't miss Kelly's stage debut and in the end, torn though she was, Sharon soldiered on and went to the theatre. It was only when she got there and saw Kelly, that the stress and emotion of the past 24 hours overcame her and she burst into tears."

The fluffy dog, which featured heavily in the family's MTV reality show The Osbournes, is said to be gravely ill and unlikely to survive beyond the end of the week. When Sharon underwent treatment for colon cancer five years ago, Minnie, who has her own psychiatrist and dietician, was a constant source of support. Fortunately, Kelly's performance, which received a standing ovation, seemed to bring a smile back to her mother's face. Kelly, the youngest actress ever to take on the role of prison matron Mama Morton, is at the beginning of a seven-week stint at London's Cambridge theatre.

My thoughts and prayers are with Sharon during this difficult time. I lost my little girl, Miss Bonnie Blue in 2005. She was the best little Pug in the world. I miss her everyday and always will. And for all animal lovers you know the pain Sharon faces so please keep her in your prayers.

Sharon and Minnie.

Sharon with Kelly and Ozzy after her performance.


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