Drummer Lee Kerslake has died at the age of 73. The musician, who built a strong reputation throughout the rock music inner circles having worked with both Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne, lost his battled prostate cancer.
“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,” Uriah Heep member Ken Hensley confirmed in a statement. “He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
Hensley added: “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.”
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. From there, prolifically practising his craft, he eventually went on to land his first professional concert with the band ‘Gods’ back in 1969 which would later result in three full-length albums.
Moving on from Gods, the drummer recorded one album with Head Machine in 1970 before fully solidifying his presence on the music industry with the band Uriah Heep where he would go on to record in excess of 28 full feature-length albums. Given his prowess, the Prince of Darkness himself would come calling during the 1980s and Kerslake began his close working relationship with Ozzy Osbourne, working on four albums in total.