Ozzy Osbourne And Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Dead At 73

Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake has died after a long battle with cancer.

One of Lee’s bandmates from Uriah Heep,  broke the news Saturday, saying, “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,”

Lee played with Ozzy’s band in 1980 and ’81.  He played on Ozzy’s first 2 solo albums — Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.  He also appeared in the 1987 Tribute Live album.

Kerslake’s struggle with illness was long and hard. He dropped out of Uriah Heep in 2018 … 4 years after getting a prostate cancer diagnosis back.  His last performance was in London, when he appeared to join the group for “Lady In Black.

After Kerslake revealed 2 years ago his prostate cancer was terminal and had spread to various organs, Ozzy sent him platinum records for Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Kerslake had said he wanted them, and Ozzy fulfilled his wish.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sue. He was 73.  RIP

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