On Saturday, the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi made the declaration on Facebook that the keyboardist had lost his fight to lung cancer, at 68 years old. “I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He’s been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. 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”, said Iommi.

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler likewise offered his sympathies over online networking: “Very sad to hear of old friend and Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls passing. RIP Geoff.” Nicholls authoritatively highlighted on nine studio collections with the band, starting with the 1980 LP Heaven and Hell. He played the console discontinuously for quite a while until he was supplanted by Adam Wakeman.

Preceding joining Black Sabbath, Nicholls played with the band Quartz, which likewise discharged an announcement on the performer’s demise: “Everyone in the band, and associated with the band, are struggling to find the words to express their feelings and sadness regarding the passing of their dear friend Geoff Nicholls earlier this morning at home. Geoff had been unwell for a long time battling cancer and had under gone extensive radio and chemotherapy plus other trial treatment but all sadly to no avail in the end. In this darkest and lowest moment of time Geoff’s lyrics and music speak volumes to us and for us and through these his memory will live on forever. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Gloria and her family as they try come to terms with their loss.”