R.I.P. ex-Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake (1947-2020)

R.I.P. ex-Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake (1947-2020)

Very sad news to report as former Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake passed away at the age of 73 earlier this morning after a long battle with cancer.

The following message was posted on behalf of Kerslake‘s former Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley on the Ken Hensley Fan Club Facebook page earlier today:

“From Ken: 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. I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time.

Ken Hensley

Wikipedia indicates the following about Kerslake‘s health issues in recent years: “In December 2018, Kerslake revealed that he was battling prostate cancer, saying that “the doctor gave me about eight months to live”. He further stated that five years previously, he had been given four years to live. Kerslake‘s further health complications include psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and two heart murmurs.”

Lee Kerslake’s Select Discography:
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards (1972)
Uriah Heep The Magician’s Birthday (1972)
Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Live (1973)
Uriah HeepSweet Freedom (1973)
Ken HensleyProud Words on a Dusty Shelf (1973)
Uriah HeepWonderworld (1974)
Uriah Heep Return to Fantasy (1975)
Uriah Heep High and Mighty (1976)
Uriah Heep Firefly (1977)
Uriah Heep Innocent Victim (1977)
Uriah Heep Fallen Angel (1978)
Ozzy OsbourneBlizzard of Ozz (1980)
Ozzy OsbourneDiary of A Madman (1981)
Uriah Heep Abominog (1982)
Uriah HeepHead First (1983)
Uriah Heep Equator (1985)
Uriah HeepLive at Shepperton ’74 (1986) – recorded 1974
Uriah HeepLive in Europe 1979 (1986) – recorded 1979
Ozzy OsbourneTribute (1987) — on two tracks
Uriah Heep Live in Moscow (1988)
Uriah HeepRaging Silence (1989)
Uriah HeepDifferent World (1991)
Uriah Heep– Sea of Light (1995)
Uriah HeepSpellbinder Live (1996)
Uriah HeepKing Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert (1974) (1997)
Ozzy OsbourneThe Ozzman Cometh (1997)
Uriah HeepSonic Origami (1998)
Uriah Heep Future Echoes of the Past (2000)
Uriah HeepAcoustically Driven (2001)
Uriah HeepElectrically Driven (2001)
Uriah HeepThe Magician’s Birthday Party (2002)
Uriah HeepLive in the USA (2003)
Uriah Heep Magic Night (2004)
Uriah HeepBetween Two Worlds (2005)

Uriah Heep‘s “Easy Living” video: