Tony Iommi diagnosed with cancer

Tony iommi diagnosed with cancer

Tony iommi diagnosed with cancer

A statement posted on the Black Sabbath Facebook page has revealed that Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma - a cancer which affects certain immune system cells.

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The guitarist's illness was revealed on the official fan page at about 2pm today in a statement that read:

"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."

It's not yet known how Iommi's illness will impact on 'Sabbath's reunion plans, including their set at this summer's Download festival.

Please join TG in wishing Uncle Tony all the best - fight the good fight Iron Man!

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.