Rock drummer killed in car crash
Cozy Powell, famous for his work with bands such as Black Sabbath and Rainbow, died after his Saab 9000 car smashed into crash barriers on the M4 motorway near Bristol on Sunday night. Police refused to reveal the identity of the victim but last night Powell's agent Roland Hymes, confirmed the drummer had ben killed.
"He had been through it all and had come out the other side. Basically he was a nice guy making his living out of music and having a good time," he said.
Powell - real name Colin - had recently made a guest appearance on Chris Evans's television show TGI Friday and was understood to be working on a new project with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.
But it will be for his work in the 1970s that Powell, 50, from Hungerford, Berkshire, will be best remembered. The roll-call of bands he worked with reads like a Who's Who of the rock era. In addition to Black Sabbath and Rainbow, Powell played with Whitesnake, the Michael Schenker Group, Gary Moore and Brian May.
He also had successful partnerships with Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, and Jeff Beck. Most recently he had been playing on the comeback tour of Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green.
Tributes to Powell were led last night by the record producer Mickey Most. "Musically speaking he was one of the best drummers we've ever had in this country," he said. "He was a great guy, a fantastic musician and he always had a perfect disposition. He lived fast and he must have had some wonderful times in his life."
Wellcome Image Awards: The most striking images from the world of science, including breast cancer cells under chemical attack and a photographer’s own kidney stone
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Terrorism explanation 'cannot be ruled out', says CIA
Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Athlete repeatedly sick as court hears 'graphic details' of Reeva Steenkamp's post-mortem
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: One of the largest mobile advert...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client specialises in creati...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Private Cli...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residential...