Lee Kerslake, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep, has died

Brenda Watkins
September 22, 2020

Lee Kerslake, former drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep, has passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 73.

The death was confirmed on his Facebook page Ken Hensley, who was Kerslake 's former bandmate Uriah Heep.

Kerslake, who was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1947, kickstarted his love affair with the drums at the age of 11 when he began learning the instrument. Many a free drink was had after a show when he would get up and play with a local band at the nearest club we could find, and first up if there was someone with a fishing boat willing to take him out for the day. Now Blizzard of Oz is Number Nine on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums.

"It's been 39 years since I've seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me", Ozzy Osbourne wrote in the social media statement. "He died peacefully, reward The Lord, however he might be terribly missed".

Osbourne delivered the platinum record certificates for Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman into Kerslake because his final desire. Kerslake's contributions on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were later removed and rerecorded when the albums were reissued decades later. He smoked cigarettes; he didn't drink much'.

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Kerslake, who had prostate cancer, said in late 2018 he was terminally ill. He then rejoined Uriah Heep in 1982 to document their comeback album "Abominog", and remained with the group till 2007.

In 1998, Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisley sued Ozzy for a larger share of royalties from those albums. Eventually, the original recordings were restored.

"I'm so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums", Ozzy wrote at the time. "I hope you feel better". I went belly-up bankrupt when I lost the case to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the courts.

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