Rocker Ozzy Osbourne's former Black Sabbath keyboardist JOHN SINCLAIR is relieved they have curbed their wild lifestyles - because they would be dead if they had continued their notorious alcohol and drug abuse.

Sinclair says that like Osbourne, he has faced a difficult battle with drink and drugs, but knew he had to change his ways before he faced an untimely death.

He says, "I have been sober for 15 years but I used to drink terribly with him.

"I am lucky to be alive. I am sure Ozzy would say he was too.

"Most of the stories about him are so out there, but I can't repeat them because of confidentiality clauses."

17/07/2005 09:09