Bill Ward Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Former Sabbath drummer suffers a perforated diverticulitis.

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Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has had to postpone a recent gallery reception after needing to undergo emergency surgery. As the drummer's official website notes, Ward underwent surgery for a perforated diverticulitis in California. The surgery was successful, and he is expected to make a full recovery within a few weeks. Regarding the postponing of his gallery reception at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland on October 26th, Ward has issued the following statement: "I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence of Corners gallery reception," said Ward. "The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art, and I hope to get there to celebrate this collection with you all very soon." A perforated diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. We here at Ultimate-Guitar wish Bill Ward a speedy recovery.

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    I guess Ozzy, Tony, and Geezer were right, that Bill was not in good enough shape to do an album and a tour.
    Yes, this condition is certainly worse than, oh say, CANCER.
    Some people have their health more under control. There is a difference between one person (allegedly) living an unhealthy overweight lifestyle at such an old age compared against someone who has timed his tour dates to not conflict with his cancer treatments.
    See this? This is a guy that gets it! Yes, Tony has cancer, but aside from that, he's in great shape and is doing everything he can to take care of himself.
    Playing drums is a whole lot more physically demanding than playing guitar (unless you are Angus Young). Couple that with being fat, then all bets are off. So to compare Ward's condition with Iommi's condition and pass judgment on either's ability to perform is lame.
    Tony has one of the most treatable forms of cancer, which also happens to have one of the highest survival rates. It upsets me that he uses his "cancer" to play martyr and make people look past the fact that he is a total jerk and screwed over Bill on this reunion
    @i_am_metalhead "most treatable forms of cancer"?! Are you f*cking kidding me? Cancer is cancer, regardless of what kind. Also, he has NEVER used his cancer to play martyr, ever.
    these conditions are not to be thought of seperate... the condition could actually make his cancer worse. A lot of people dont die off cancer, but the side effect, lung diseases and stuff like that.
    How on earth could they have predicted the medical condition of his intestine?!
    Well they didn't predict these specific circumstances but they did state that Bill Ward was in poor health, and they were right. It's a simple fact.
    That was one of the five or six excuses they used. I guess they would thought if they made enough reasons up, eventually, one of them would come true.
    Same thing struck Eddie Van Halen down last year and it took 6 months for him to recover.
    yeah it happned last august i believe.....i heard he was making some kayan pepper drink to help with something and his intestines literally exploded
    Bill can withstand just about anything. He had a stroke once, and he doesn't seem 'too' affected by that. Get well soon, Bill!
    Every one of the original sabbath crew is tough as nails. People should stop judging any of them and just wish for the best that they all get well and recover 100%
    UG, you can suffer from a perforated diverticulum, OK. Diverticulitis means an inflammation of the diverticulum. It is a condition in itself. Saying "a perforated diverticulitis" is like saying "perforated appendicitis". It doesn't make sense. It would say perforated appendix. With that little medical terminology lesson I want to say GET WELL BILL!
    Despite the discussion I am involved in further up in the comments, I would like to say: Get well soon, Bill! I would love to hear more of you in the world before it's too late!