The musical world has lost a legend, and I’ve lost a friend in the passing of Cozy Powell. His brilliance as a drummer was evident to everyone who heard him perform, but it will always be his irrepressible spirit and full appetite for life that those of us fortunate enough to have known him intimately will remember. Cozy’s physical pesence may be gone,but his place in our hearts will never be forgotten.”

Ronnie James Dio
April 7, 1998

Ronnie played with Cozy in Rainbow, and was also briefly in Black Sabbath in 1991.
This text originally appeared on Ronnie’s site at http://www.ronniejamesdio.com