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Doctors hope Osbourne may soon be able to breathe unaided.

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British rocker Ozzy Osbourne stopped breathing after his quad bike accident earlier this week and had to be revived by a security guard, his wife Sharon said in an interview published on Friday.

"He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half and there was no pulse," Sharon Osbourne told the Daily Mirror.

"But thank God the security guard was there to revive him. He resuscitated him and got him breathing and his pulse going again," she said.

Osbourne, 55, is on a hospital ventilator after he fell off his all-terrain bike at his English country estate, fracturing eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck.

Doctors treating him say he is doing well after a bike crash and they hope he will soon be able to breathe unaided.

"He has got such horrendous injuries to his body. His whole body is traumatised," said Osbourne's wife.

Former Black Sabbath singer Osbourne, who has mellowed from wild man of heavy rock to comical much-loved star of his reality TV series "The Osbournes," underwent emergency surgery following the crash.

"The doctors are hoping there hasn't been any lasting damage but until Ozzy can actually come round and get off the ventilator and talk then will they know," Sharon Osbourne added.

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