Sharon is now in remission from the disease, but her frightened son recalls how he tried to take his own life with a combination of Oxycontin tablets and lethal drink absinthe - while being filmed by MTV for hit reality show The Osbournes.
Jack says, "It actually got so bad I was suicidal. I wanted to die because I wasn't happy when I was sober and I wasn't happy when I was high any more.
"Nothing seemed really worth living for. And I was convinced my mom was going to die. I attempted to commit suicide. I attempted to overdose. But I just woke up the next morning."
The angst-ridden teen adds, "I was taking a lot of painkillers - four to six VICODIN a day. I was drinking God knows how much. I was smoking a ridiculous amount of pot.
"At the time, it started getting really bad, Mom was pretty sick too. Dad was, as you know, kind of a wreck. So there was no one reeling in the reins. MTV knew what I was doing but they weren't allowed to stop me."
When devastated mum Sharon found out she tried to admit Jack to a rehabilitation centre but he ran away, but returned when he realised his concerned mum knew best.14/09/2003 14:06