Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to the NHS 63 years after it was founded, in the year of his birth.
The former Black Sabbath frontman, born five months after the service was created in 1948, was one of the first generation of NHS babies.
The singer was also treated by NHS staff in 2003 after an accident at his home left him with a fractured neck vertebra, eight fractured ribs and a broken collarbone.
He said: "If it wasn't for the hard-working staff of the NHS following my serious quad bike accident, I may not be here today to continue my career as the Prince of Darkness.
"I want to say a big thank you to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and everyone else who makes up the NHS across the country - from Birmingham to Berkshire.
"Just like me, it's still going strong after 63 years. Long may we both keep it up."
Ozzy, who found fame in the 1970s as the lead singer of the metal band, became a star all over again when the fly-on-the-wall reality TV show The Osbournes became an unexpected hit.
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