Ozzy Osbourne And Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Dead At 73

Carla Harmon
September 21, 2020

Lawsuits ensued, although a rapprochement occurred when Kerslake revealed he was battling colon cancer in 2018, with Ozzy sending the drummer two platinum discs commemorating his playing on his first two solo albums.

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.

A cause of death has not been announced.

The musician had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.


Kerslake got his start on the drums at the age of 11, and his first professional gig was with the United Kingdom band Gods.

In the early 1980s he recorded Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman with Ozzy Osbourne. He joined the band onstage a final time in 2018, to help perform their track "Lady in Black".

'We got Lee Kerslake literally just before we went in the studio, and it was just, like, four guys having a blast with each other, ' Osbourne told Rolling Stone while speaking about Blizzard Of Ozz's upcoming anniversary. We were all getting fucked up on coke and booze, though Randy wasn't.

Kerrang! would like to extend our condolences to the Kerslake family, as well as his friends and fellow band members in Uriah Heep. He smoked cigarettes; he didn't drink much'.


Daisley and Kerslake were not credited on Madman, leading to a longstanding feud with the Osbourne camp over their roles in the songwriting on both albums. Kerslake's contributions on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were later removed and rerecorded when the albums were reissued decades later.

In 2004, alongside bassist Robert Daisley, Kerslake lost a US Supreme Court appeal to claim royalties for their work on the two albums. After Kerslake was diagnosted with terminal cancer, he and Ozzy resolved their differences, and Ozzy eventually sent Kerslake platinum records to recognize his contributions to Ozzy's legacy. I hope they will come to terms with it and say yes. "It costs me hundreds of thousands and I had to sell the house, and then started to get ill".

Kerslake is survived by his wife Sue.


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