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Tony Iommi diagnosed with cancer

By | Published on Tuesday 10 January 2012

Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with cancer, the band announced yesterday in a statement issued via Facebook.

The statement reads: “With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan – the ‘iron man’ of rock n roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery”.

They added that work on the original Black Sabbath line-up’s first album together for 33 years would continue, with the rest of the band relocating to the UK to allow Iommi to join in with writing and recording sessions while he receives medical treatment. They also confirmed that it’s still the plan to release said new album this autumn.