Sharon Osbourne looked somber as she recently visited the Manchester cemetery where her father Don Arden is buried – 15 years after his death.
The star, 70, who was estranged from Arden for 20 years before reconciling in 2001 – was joined by a camera crew as she filmed scenes for reality show, Home To Roost – documenting her and husband Ozzy Osbourne’s move home to the UK from the United States.
Sharon wore a black coat and fuchsia slacks as she arrived to pay her respects, accompanied by loved ones.
Arden died on July 21, 2007 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sharon did not attend his funeral, with a source telling The Sun at the time she was ‘too traumatized to attend.’
Sharon and Ozzy met when she was just 18-years-old through Don, who was the manager of Osbourne’s metal band Black Sabbath.
Tragic loss: Sharon Osbourne looked somber as she recently visited the Manchester cemetery where her father Don Arden is buried – 15 years after his death
Rocky bond: The star, 70 was estranged from Arden for 20 years before reconciling in 2001 (pictured 2002)
She entered into a relationship with Osbourne and took over his management, which infuriated Arden.
It was claimed that when Sharon next visited Don, she was savaged by his pet dogs, causing her to lose her unborn child.
She married Osbourne and she and Don did not speak for 20 years.
Sharon had thrown soup over the woman Don had begun an extramarital relationship with in Hollywood in the early Eighties (leaving Sharon’s mother to live alone in England) and once even tried to run over Don in her car – as Ozzy cowered in the passenger seat.
For his part, Don had sued Sharon for millions when she took Ozzy away from his record label, Jet, and threatened her.
‘There were times when I was on the floor crying and shaking because he’d threatened to come over to the house and kill me,’ she once told me.
‘He’s an evil old bastard and I can’t wait for him to die.’
She has described Don as ‘notoriously violent’ in the past.
Sighting: Sharon wore a black coat and fuchsia slacks as she arrived to pay her respects, accompanied by loved ones
Respects: Arden died on July 21, 2007 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sharon did not attend his funeral, with a source telling The Sun at the time she was ‘too traumatized to attend’
Chat: The star was seen speaking with loved ones during the visit
Group: The star was filming scenes for her new reality series
Camera crew: A cameraman was seen readying for the day
Indeed, as far as Sharon and Ozzy’s three children – Aimee, Kelly and Jack – were concerned, their grandfather was already dead.
‘I told them that because I didn’t want him anywhere near them and I certainly didn’t want them seeing him,’ Sharon explained.
Once, after they had all watched from a car as Sharon screamed obscenities at her father in the street, she told her baffled children that the white-haired old man she was yelling at was Tony Curtis (a friend of Don and ‘just the first name that came into my head’).
When her brother David called her with news that Don, now in his mid-70s, had been diagnosed as suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s, she had decided the time was right for a reconciliation.
When Don agreed, ‘everyone was very nervous’, David told me. ‘But as soon as the two of them were together in the same room again, the bad feelings just melted away.’
Determined to do something for her ailing father, Sharon encouraged Don to finish his memoirs, a project he had been working on sporadically for five years.
Sharon and David laterr stopped speaking after they fell out over where to lay their father to rest following his 2007 death.
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