Jack Osbourne in Rehab

By | April 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, according to magazine reports.

“I got caught up in my new lifestyle and got carried away with drugs and alcohol,” Osbourne told People magazine, which reported he entered Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena on April 23. “Once I realized this, I voluntarily checked myself into a detox facility for my own health and well-being.”

A publicist for the Osbourne family did not immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday.

Kelly Osbourne, Jack’s 18-year-old sister, told Us Weekly magazine that her brother asked family matriarch Sharon Osbourne for help recovering from alcohol and marijuana abuse.

“He sat with Mum and she said, ‘We’ll get you help, we’ll figure it out,'” Kelly Osbourne said. “He’s doing very well and we’re all very proud of him. He’s in really good spirits.”

Jack Osbourne is the youngest of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s three children, and a part-time talent scout for Epic records. He and 18-year-old Kelly became international stars with the success of MTV’s reality show “The Osbournes.” Their older sister, Aimee, didn’t take part.

“It takes a lot of courage and strength to admit you need help, and both Sharon and I are proud Jack is facing his problems head-on,” Ozzy Osbourne said.

Ozzy Osbourne has been candid, both on and off the show, about his decades of battles with substance abuse. The second season began in November on a somber note, with the 54-year-old rock star boozing heavily to cope with Sharon’s diagnosis of colon cancer.

Ozzy since has said that his wife is cancer-free after months of treatment.

In an interview last year, 50-year-old Sharon Osbourne told People: “Kelly was four months old and being wheeled around the Betty Ford Center.”

“The kids have always known what it does, and they know they’re not going to get away if they mess with it,” she said.

Last summer, Jack Osbourne injured his arm when he jumped off the Malibu Pier while surfing with members of the rock band Incubus. He also made a cameo on the WB series “Dawson’s Creek.”

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