A pizza deliveryman who lost his collection of heavy metal CDs to a thief has been re-upped by Zakk Wylde and the Prince of Darkness himself: Ozzy Osbourne.
Josh Cook’s car was stolen as he made a delivery in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The thief returned it to the same spot the next day, but Cook’s CD collection was gone.
All that was left behind: An album by Zakk Wylde, Osbourne’s longtime guitarist. The story was picked up by local media, where Wylde’s son saw it and contacted Cook to ask him for his address. Cook said he was surprised when he got a notice to pick up a package from a courier about a week later.
“He sent me like six t-shirts, three long-sleeve t-shirts, three zip-up hoodies, a copy of his new album on CD and vinyl and other collector items,” Cook said. Cook said he was blown away by the gesture, but it didn’t end there. Another large box arrived a few days later — with Osbourne’s back catalogue.
“I opened it up and a couple t-shirts fell out. Then a load of CDs fell out. Black Sabbath and all the Ozzy Osbourne stuff — basically everything Ozzy did. I thought it was amazing, and then this white envelope falls out. I opened it and there’s an autographed picture of Ozzy Osbourne.
The picture says “To Josh” and has Ozzy’s signature.
“They didn’t have to do anything like that. It was incredible. These guys are set for life they but still take the time for one fan,” Cook said.
He is back delivering pizza as he helps to support his disabled mother, but said he has his music to listen to — and is now more selective on where he will make deliveries.
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