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How did Cozy Powell die in Saab 9000?

Cozy Powell drummer for Black Sabbath and Saab fan

Colin Trevor “Cozy” Powell (29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998) was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. On this day Powell was killed when his powerful Saab 9000 Turbo blew a tire – He was a great Saab fan.

Cozy Powell died on April 5, 1998 following a car crash, driving his Saab 9000 Turbo at 104 mph-167km/h in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol, while talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was over the drink-drive limit.

The girlfriend of rock star Cozy Powell listened on the phone as his car spun out of control at 104mph, killing him instantly, an inquest has heard. Ms Reeve said she heard a “terribly loud noise” then Mr Powell said “Oh shit” followed by silence. She phoned the emergency services when she was unable to ring Mr Powell back. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

The Saab suffered a rear tyre puncture shortly afterwards that sent it spinning out of control. It hit the central reservation and rolled several times before coming to rest on a grass verge. He was well known for his love of fast cars and even raced Mazda saloons for a brief period in the mid-seventies.

He loved his cars (a Saab 9000 and a Ferrari) and motorbikes probably as much as his drums. At one point he quit the music business to pursue auto racing full time, becoming a Formula Three Racer.

Cozy & Neil Murray at at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy in 1993 during the Brian May/Guns n’ Roses tour.

Cozy & Neil Murray at at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy in 1993 during the Brian May/Guns n’ Roses tour.

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