Out of all the original members of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi has always struck me as the healthiest-looking (fingertips nothwithstanding, of course). At 63, he's got the great hair and none of the apparent road wounds of, say, Ozzy.
Sadly, though, at least part of Tony's body is betraying him. From the band's 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. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan. The Iron Man of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.
"This comes as Black Sabbath are writing and recording in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony."
This diagnosis must be pretty recent given last fall's hype over the reunion and plans to make a new album. So far, there's been no announcement or indication that Iommi's illness will impact the band's 2012 world tour, something that's expected to be worth somewhere north of $150,000,000.