Famed Uriah Heep drummer, Lee Kerslake, who played on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums — 1980's Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A Madman — has died at age 73 after a five-year-battle with cancer.
Kerslake joined Uriah Heep in 1972 and played in the band almost continuously until 2007, until ill health forced him into semi-retirement. It was during a brief period in which he left Heep in 1980 that he joined Ozzy's solo project, after the singer left Black Sabbath.
Although Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisley played on the Diary Of A Madman album, they were fired before its release and bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge were credited on the album sleeve. Kerslake and Daisley later sued the Osbournes, claiming that they had contributed to the songwriting on both albums and had been denied millions in royalties.