NEW YORK – Rude rocker Ozzy Osbourne — who triggered a storm of controversy in 1986 with his song "Suicide Solution" — tried to hang himself from a clothesline as a teenager.
He was stopped at the last minute by his father, according to a book excerpted today in Britain's The Sun newspaper.
"The 14-year-old made a noose out of his mother's clothesline, put it over his head, fixed the other end securely to a high gate and jumped from a chair," author Sue Crawford writes in Ozzy Unauthorized.
"He was caught in the act by his father — who then gave him a sound beating," she noted.
Osbourne, now 58, was accused of encouraging suicide in "Suicide Solution." But he said the title was misunderstood because he was actually calling alcohol a killer liquid.
Osbourne turned violent at 7, organizing "hanging squads" that terrorized other kids by stringing them up, the book said.
After he dropped out of school, he worked in a slaughterhouse - a job that fostered "his fascination with animals and death," Crawford noted.
Osbourne now has a new cult following, thanks to his hit MTV docu-soap, The Osbournes.