Ozzy Says He Died Twice after Accident

01/05/2004 AT 01:00 PM EST

Ozzy Osbourne said on Sunday he "died" twice after a Dec. 8 all-terrain-vehicle accident on his English country estate that sent him into a coma for eight days.

The MTV patriarch's life was saved by his bodyguard, Sam Ruston, who rushed to Ozzy's aid after he took the tumble off the bike.

"If it wasn't for Sam I probably wouldn't be here," Osbourne tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper. "He had to bring me back to life twice."

Osbourne, 55, fractured eight ribs and a vertebra in the accident, but is now walking again, according to videotapes shown on news broadcasts. "I'll never go near one of those damn bikes again," he says. "I am lucky to be here today and not paralyzed."

The former Black Sabbath frontman adds, "The doctors tell me every day it could have been a lot worse. I could be dead."

Sharon Osbourne, 50, tells the newspaper she would have taken her own life had her husband died.

"If Ozzy had gone, I would have gone with him." she said.

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