From Channel 4 Teletext (UK TV) page 481 April 10

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has spoken of his grief over the death of former bandmate Cozy Powell, who died on Sunday night after a car crash.

“I just can’t believe it. It’s a terrible shock. We first met nearly 30 years ago – it’s been a long time and I’ve known him all his career. We were close friends all the time. He came to our last show in England in December, and we always kept in touch. We had some great times together.

He was certainly hot-headed. He did like driving fast, and he liked his jokes and pranks. He’d always been a little bit prone to accidents – he swerved one time to miss a deer and he turned his car over. He had a few accidents, but he always came out okay.”

From Joe Siegler: I received this Email from Tony Iommi’s Guitar Tech, Mike Clement. This following was written by Tony Iommi:

It has been a week since hearing the devastating news of Cozy’s death and I still can’t believe it.

I knew him for thirty years and he was one of my dearest friends. We had many great times together, I will miss him greatly.

My heart goes out to his family and all of his friends. It is a very sad time.

Goodbye to one of the greatest rock drummers of all time and a wonderful, caring human being.

Your Legend will live on!

R.I.P. Cozy, LOVE YA MATE
Tony Iommi

Tony played with Cozy twice in Black Sabbath, once from 1988-1991, and the second time from 1994-1995. They were friends for the better part of 30 years.