During a recent conversation with The Metal Voice, early Ozzy Osbourne and classic Uriah Heep drummer, Lee Kerslake, said doctors told him he has about eight more months to live.
The 71-year-old musician explained:
It’s prostate cancer, but it’s moved to the rest of my body. I now have bone cancer which is a nasty one. The doctor gave me about eight months to live, but I’ve been fighting all the way. Five years ago, they gave me four years to live 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. I survived this long and all this time I have had this terminal cancer but I have defied it because the music kept me fighting.
Lee was a member of Ozzy’s band in 1980 and 1981 during the Randy Rhoad’s era, performing on the singer’s first two solo albums.
Before and after Osbourne, Kerslake was in Uriah Heep for a total of around 35 years – first between 1971 and 1979, and then again from 1981 to 2007, performing on 16 of the band’s 25 studio albums.