Black Sabbath loses keyboardist Geoff Nicholls to cancer



Geoff Nicholls, 68, died Saturday after a long-time battle with lung cancer. “I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls,” Tony Iommi wrote on Facebook. “He’s been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Tony”

Nicholls joined the band after Ozzy Osbourne’s firing in 1979 and went on to perform with them for 25 years before being replaced in 2004 by Adam Wakeman.

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Quartz, Nicholls’ previous band before he joined Black Sabbath in 1979, also confirmed Nicholls’ death on Facebook. “Everyone in the band, and associated with the band, are struggling to find the words to express their feelings and sadness regarding the passing of their dear friend Geoff Nicholls earlier this morning at home,” Quartz wrote.

“Geoff had been unwell for a long time battling cancer and had under gone extensive radio and chemotherapy plus other trial treatment but all sadly to no avail in the end. In this darkest and lowest moment of time Geoff’s lyrics and music speak volumes to us and for us and through these his memory will live on forever.”

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