Ozzy Osbourne leads tributes to his former guitarist Bernie Tormé who sadly passed away this week at the age of 66.
Tormé, who was born in Ireland and became a renowned musician in Dublin, is best known for his work with successful hard rock band Gillan before becoming a pivotal member of Osbourne’s backing band.
Last month Far Out reported the news that Tormé had been hospitalised with a serious bout of pneumonia and was rushed to intensive care. Now, however, his family have confirmed his death.
“Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family,” a statement from his family reads.
“He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed.”
Now, Osbourne has followed the family statement and paid tribute to Tormé, describing him as “a gentle soul with a heart of gold”.
“What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold,” Osbourne said. “He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in peace, Bernie.”
Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne added: “I cannot believe that Bernie Tormé has passed.
“Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that. Love and condolences to his family.”