A number of hard rock and Heavy Metal artists have taken to Twitter to offer best wishes and positive thoughts to legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system.
Tony, 63, is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan and remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery. It is understood that he starts chemotherapy treatment on Thursday.
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Here are some of the messages posted for Tony. Fans are being encouraged to leave messages for Tony on Facebook or Twitter as the band say that this will help to keep his spirits up.
ANTHRAX: "This really does suck. GET WELL SOON TONY!"
SLASH: "Best wishes for a full recovery to Tony Iommi."
RICHIE FAULKNER (Judas Priest): "My thoughts go out to Tony Iommi and I wish him a fast and full recovery."
ROBB RIVERA: "Just when i was happy to announce that I had finished his book last night, today I read this sad story about metal."
DAVID DRAIMAN (Disturbed): "Everyone please send their prayers/good vibes/best wishes to Tony Iommi for a speedy recovery; he has been diagnosed [with] lymphoma."
SEBASTIAN BACH: "All hail the mighty Tony Iommi. & FUCK YOU, Cancer."
ZAKK WYLDE: "Big BL get well wishes out to Lord Iommi!!!"
GLENN HUGHES: "Prayers please for my brother Tony Iommi... We all pray for a full, speedy recover from cancer... Much love..."
RANDY BLYTHE (Lamb Of God): "I absolutely insist that every single follower of mine, religious or not, send a prayer up for Tony Iommi. He has been diagnosed with lyphoma. It's in its early stages — SABBATH is writing a new record, and they are continuing to. Iommi is the reason heavy metal exists. Pray for him. You pray to Crom, Odin, yourself — don't care who. Just send up some positive vibes for Tony Iommi. This is terrible news for metal. I've toured with Iommi a coupla times. He is a gentleman and a living legend. Hopefully since it's in early stages they can beat it pretty easily. But Iommi's not a young man, so think good thoughts! It is no secret that I have donated both my time, energy, facial hair, and a fair amount of my money to cancer research. I've walked the walk (literally) as well as talked the talk. However, there's nothing wrong with positive vibes."
ANGELA GOSSOW (Arch Enemy): "Very, very sad to hear about Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis. FIGHT! You never know what the future holds for you. Live and love every day!"
EXHORDER: "Get well soon Tony Iommi. Sad news."
GUS G: "I'm in shock to hear the news about Tony Iommi. Get well soon 'Iron Man'!! Your biggest fan."