Tony Iommi has been diagnosed as suffering from the early stages of cancer.
The famed guitarist has lymphoma, which affects the bodys immune system. Right now hes working with his doctors to put in place the best possible treatment and he remains optimistic of being able to make a full recovery.
Iommi hopes to be well enough to fulfil all commitments with the reunited Black Sabbath. These include a new albumand a headlining appearance at the Download Festival on Sunday, June 10.
Sabbath have posted the following message on theirofficial Facebook page:
With the news that 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.Tony is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan the IRON MAN of rock and roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.