Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nicholls dies, aged 68

“I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls,” Iommi wrote on Facebook.

“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.”

Osbourne added on Twitter: “Geoff Nicholls was a great friend of mine for a long time. He will be greatly missed. I’m very saddened at the news.”

Geezer Butler also said: “Very sad to hear of old friend and Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls passing. RIP Geoff.”

Nicholls joined Black Sabbath in 1979 and the 1980 album, Heaven And Hell was the group’s first album that he appeared on.

He left the band in 1996, before making occasional returns the line-up until 2004.

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