Former Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake has passed away today at the age of 73 following a long battle with prostate cancer.
Rolling Stone Magazine report that former Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley confirmed the drummer’s death in a statement (via Louder): “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. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
Writing on Facebook, Mick Box writes, “Lee was one of the kindest men on earth, as well as being a brother he was an incredible drummer, singer and song writer! He had a passion for life bar none and was much loved by the fans, as well as anyone who crossed his path!”
Kerslake was the drummer on Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums “Blizzard of Oz” (1980) and “Diary of a Madman” (1981) along with guitarist Randy Rhoads. He joined Uriah Heep in 1972, leaving in 1978 before re-joining again in 1982 through to 2007.