Sad news for rock fans.
Legendary OZZY OSBOURNE and URIAH HEEP drummer Lee Kerslake has died after a long battle with cancer.
He was 73 years old.
Here’s the statement:
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning,” Kerslake‘s longtime URIAH HEEP bandmate Ken Hensley wrote on social media.
“He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
Lee was a member of Ozzy‘s band in 1980 and 1981 during the Randy Rhoads era, performing on the singer’s first two solo albums.
During an interview with The Metal Voice in December 2018, the drummer revealed that after all these years, he just wanted platinum album certifications for both “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman”, so he can feel some acknowledgement for his work before he dies.
“I really wrote a nice letter to them and I hope they will come to terms with it and say yes,” he told The Metal Voice of his appeal to Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.