Geoff Nicholls, longtime keyboardist with Black Sabbath, has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68. Nicholls contributed on nine Sabbath studio albums and was a regular touring member of the band.
Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi, posted his response to the news on Facebook:
"I'm so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls," Iommi wrote. "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."