Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released the following statement regarding the passing of the "king of pop," Michael Jackson:
"In contemplation over these past few days since the tragic news of Michael Jackson's death, I have reflected on other occasions when some of my heroes have died. I know how I felt at the time. I can't help wondering how those who loved Michael Jackson are going to heal and overcome the loss. My heart feels passionate to all who are feeling loss for Michael Jackson today.
"I can't help regurgitating the emotions and absolute numbness I felt when John Lennon was shot. I felt completely devastated. It's taken me years to come to terms with John's death. I felt robbed. I think we all did. Sincerely, my life has never been the same since his passing. There's an emptiness in the world and in my soul. My first trauma of those I idolized was when Buddy (Holly),Ritchie (Valens) and The Big Bopper died. Again, I felt numb, heartbroken, and didn't understand why.
"For those in heartache today, I wish you all wellness in healing. A great entertainer has died. I think those who experienced and heard his heart are more enlightened people for it than before. I believe you're all most fortunate to have connected to Michael Jackson."