Ozzy Osbourne records his ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ album at Ridge Farm Studio, 1980. From left to right, guitarist Randy Rhoads, drummer Lee Kerslake, Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Bob Daisley.
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Lee Kerslake, the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Deep, has passed away at 73 from prostate cancer.
The news was broke Monday by a post from Uriah Deep’s singer Bernie Shaw on the group’s Facebook page.
It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP pic.twitter.com/xWqVR0VJn6
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) September 19, 2020
Lee “The Bear” Kerslake would rejoin Uriah Deep and remain a member until 2007 where he would take a couple of years to himself before starting a solo project in 2015. In late 2018 he revealed in an interview that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had only months to live.
“It’s prostate cancer but it’s moved to rest of my body I have now have bone cancer which is nasty one, so the doctor gave me about eight months to live,” he said. But I’ve been fighting all the way. Five years ago they gave me four years to live and so that gives you an idea. Not only have I got bone cancer I’ve got psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and two heart murmurs. As I said to you I’m fighting it and there’s no telling what can happen and they might have a new drug come out and I’ll experiment with it if it keeps me alive.”