Black Sabbath singer and legend Tony Iommi, is said to be battling cancer. Iommi that was born in Heathfield Road Hospital, Handsworth, Birmingham, England, is an English guitarist and songwriter, is working hard with doctors after he was told that he has the early stages of lymphoma, a blood cancer which develops in the lymphatic system.
Black Sabbath issued a statement on Monday, January 9, 2012, telling fans the guitarist is keeping a positive attitude and is,
”determined to make a full recovery”.
The message, posted on the band’s Facebook.com page, 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 & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.”
The news does come just two months after Black Sabbath had announced plans for a reunion. But now it seems Iommi’s bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler will now record their new album in the U.K. instead of Los Angeles while Iommi does receive the treatment he needs to get better.
And Iommi’s rock star friends are already rallying around – guitarist Slash took to Twitter.com shortly after the announcement to write,
”Best wishe (sic) for a full recovery to Tony Iommi.”