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Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake dead at 73

Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake has died of cancer aged 73.

Kerslake revealed in December 2018 he had been battling prostate cancer.

Kerslake first appeared with Uriah Heep on their 1972 album Demons and Wizards and went on to record nine studio records, as well as a live album, with the band before departing in 1978.

After achieving success with Ozzy Osbourne on two studio albums – 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman – Kerslake rejoined Uriah Heep in time for their Abominog album.

He remained with the band until January 2007, appearing on an additional six studio albums, bringing his total contribution to Uriah Heep to 17 studio albums, along with several live albums.

Uriah Heep guitarist and backing vocalist Mick Box took to the band’s social media to remember him.

“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!

“Rock in peace my friend and say hi to David,Gary, John and Trevor for me!

“This picture says it all! Love Mick x”

Photo: Natalya Patrashova, HeadBanger.ru

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