Ozzy Osbourne Says Bill Ward Was Too Overweight For Black Sabbath Gigs

Ozzy Osbourne has shed some light on Bill Ward's exclusion from Black Sabbath's current album and tour, claiming that the original drummer for the band had packed on too many pounds to be a viable member of the group.

Speaking with the New York Daily News, Oz said that he didn't want Ward to die on tour:

"I don't think [Bill] could have done the gig, to be honest. He's incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He's already had two heart attacks. I don't want to be responsible for his life."

For his part, Ward had previously insisted that he was well enough to handle the gig:

"I'm the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job."

Ward was replaced by Rage Against the Machine kit man Brad Wilk in the studio and by Tommy Clufetos on the road.

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