May 5, 2004

Poppy Brady of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne could be related to the famous playwright William Shakespeare.

The tomb of Ralph Arden, Shakespeare's great great great great great grandfather lies inside the church of St Peter and Paul in Aston.

Research carried out by Aston councillor Tony Kennedy has revealed that Ralph Arden was buried in Aston in 1360 just under 200 years before William Shakespeare was born.

The bard's parents Mary Arden and John Shakespeare were first cousins.

"Having given the world Shakespeare, England's greatest ever cultural figure, Aston has also provided its greatest living icon in Ozzy Osbourne," said Tony.

"By a spooky coincidence Ozzy's wife Sharon is also an Arden and I do believe there is a strong resemblance between Sharon's and Ralph's eyes. Could they be related?

"I have done a great deal of research trying to trace Shakespeare's roots and join up family trees. There is a lot of information on the web but I would welcome any genealogists who can assist in the project.

"The Ardens were a considerable force in the south Staffordshire and north Warwickshire area from Norman times."

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