Former OZZY OSBOURNE and URIAH HEEP drummer Lee Kerslake died after a long battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.
“I share this with you with the heaviest of hearts Lee Kerslake, my 55-year-old friend and the best drummer I have ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 3:30 this morning. ” Kerslakeis long-term URIAH HEEP Bandmate Ken Hensley wrote on social media. “He died peacefully, give praise to the Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box written on Facebook: “lee was one of the nicest men in the world and as a brother an incredible drummer, singer and songwriter! He had a passion for life and was very much loved by the fans and everyone who crossed his path! “
In January 2019 Kerslake was included in the Hall of Heavy Metal History in Anaheim, California. During its launch Kerslake was featured with two platinum disks for his work with the BLACK SABBATH Front man. The presentation was filmed for KerslakeDocumentary.
lee was a member of Ozzy‘s band in 1980 and 1981 during the Randy Rhoads Era, on the singer’s first two solo albums.
During an interview with The metal voice In December 2018, the drummer announced that after all these years he just wanted platinum album certifications for both of them “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary of a madman”so that he can feel some appreciation for his work before he dies.
“I wrote you a really nice letter and I hope you will come to terms with it and say yes,” he said The metal voice his calling Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
Kerslake had since been granted his wish Ozzy shared a photo on social media from lee sit and hold on a sofa “Snowstorm” and “Madman” Platinum disks, a handwritten letter from Ozzy placed on his chest.
“I’m so happy about it Lee Kerslake enjoys his Snowstorm and diary Platinum albums ” Osbourne wrote in an accompanying caption. “I hope you feel better. Love, Ozzy“”
According to the Association of the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), 1980s “Blizzard Of Ozz” was certified five times platinum for programs exceeding five million copies in the 1981s “Diary of a madman” has been awarded triple platinum for more than three million units sold.
Kerslake and bass player Bob Daisley was involved in a legal dispute with the Osbournes for many years, which had massively burdened the drummer financially.
“I went bankrupt when I lost the case Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in court ” lee told The metal voice. “It cost me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house and then I got sick. I never managed to get up again, but having platinum certification on my wall for these albums would be fantastic and it would say I helped these too.” create albums. “
Kerslake and Daisley were fired before “Diary of a madman” was released and their names were removed from the album in the process. Bass player Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge will be credited in the liner notes of the album and shown on the photo on the inner sleeve. The tracks played by Kerslake and Daisley on both albums were reissued (replaced by current ones) METALLICA Bass player Robert Trujillo and DO NOT BELIEVE ANYMORE drummer Mike Bordin) after the duo sued Ozzy and Sharon about royalties. Daisley and KerslakeThe original performances were restored in the 2011 reissues of the albums.
In December 2018 interview, Kerslake told The metal voice that his prostate cancer had spread to the rest of his body. “I now have bone cancer which is nasty so the doctor gave me about eight months to live,” he said. “But I fought all the way. Five years ago they gave me four years to live and that gives you an idea.”
He added that he remained positive. “I’m fighting it and there is no telling what can happen,” he said. “You could come up with a new drug and I’ll experiment with it if it keeps me alive … I’ve had terminal cancer all along, but I resisted it because the music kept me fighting.”
Kerslake had worked on the aforementioned autobiographical documentary as well as a new album called “Eleven”.
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Posted by Uriah Heep on Saturday 19th Sep 2020
RIP LEE KERSLAKE. Lee was a drummer’s dynamo who drove Uriah Heep like a crazy train through her heyday. He powered Ozzy’s original band in the same way. The last time he was in London he came to visit even though he was sick. A lovely man who fought cancer to the end with a smile. Rest my friend from https://t.co/P1sqpxrtp5
– Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) September 19, 2020
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