Drummer Lee Kerslake has died at the age of 73 after a long period of prostate cancer.

Former Uriah Heep member Ken Hensley confirmed the news to Louder on Saturday.

– With a heavy heart I tell you that Lee Kerslake, a friend of mine for 55 years and the best drummer I have ever played with, lost the battle against cancer at half past four this morning, Hensley wrote to the magazine on Saturday.

– He died peacefully, thank God, but we will miss him greatly, he continues.

Hensley thanks Kerslake for the prayers he received and asks people to keep the drummer in their thoughts now Sue-spread.

Kerslake played in the rock band Uriah Heep between 1972 and 1979 and from 1981 to 2007 with a total of 17 bands ’studio albums and numerous live releases. He had to leave the band in 2007 after his health deteriorated. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. Kerslake last played with Uriah Heep after visiting their London gig in December 2018.

Kerslake also played drums on Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums, released in 1980 and 1981. Kerslake sued Osbourne in 1998 to get a larger share of the album’s revenue. The parts played by Kerslake were removed and re-recorded when the records were re-released in 2002.

In 2018, Kerslake hoped to get platinum records from albums he recorded with Osbourne before his death. The doctors at the time had given him a few months to live. Kerslake was awarded platinum plates in January 2019.

Uriah Heep’s guitarist and the only original member still playing in the band, Mick Box, posted his condolences on the band’s Twitter account.

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– Lee was one of the kindest people in the world. He was a brother, a great drummer, a singer and a songwriter. He had a real passion for life, the fans and everyone who met him loved him. Rock in peace, my friend, Box writes.

Ozzy Osbourne also remembers Kerslake on Twitter.

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– It’s been 39 years, when I saw Lee, but he will live forever records to which he played, Osbourne says.