The Tearful Story Of How Ozzy Osbourne Made His Ex-Bandmate’s Deathbed Wish Come True
There was a time when Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne made an act of kindness to his former bandmate, drummer Lee Kerslake by making his last wish came true before his passing back in 2019, by sending Kerslake two platinum certifications for the albums that the two work together along with a personal letter.
As some of you might know, the first-time meeting story of Lee Kerslake and Ozzy Osbourne is quite unique as the two met by chance in an elevator at the Kings Cross Hotel in Australia. The two soon formed the band ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ soon to become an Ozzy Osbourne solo project, and Kerslake played drums on the first two solo albums, ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ after which he left the band due to his mother’s illness.
Despite being the drummer for the ‘Diary of a Madman,’ Kerslake was actually not credited on the album, instead, drummer Tommy Aldridge received credit. Aldridge himself often explains how he isn’t the drummer to be given credit for ‘Diary of a Madman’ and it’s Kerslake who should be praised rather than himself.
Here is what Aldridge said once,
“I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s not my drumming on that album. I have never taken credit for that recording and have always given Lee Kerslake, whenever asked or interviewed, the credit he rightly deserves.”
The former drummer of Ozzy Osbourne filed a joint lawsuit against him and his wife, manager Sharon Osbourne in 1998, seeking royalties and songwriting credits for his contributions to both albums. However, his lawsuit was dismissed by the United States District Court in Los Angeles five years after.
While the two former bandmates turned their backs on each other, a tragic incident united the two old friends when Lee Kerslake revealed that he was battling prostate and bone cancer in December 2018, furthermore, given eight months to live. He revealed his final wishes publicly and stated that he wants to see the two platinum certifications hanging on his wall before he dies.
Here is what Kerslake said:
“kindly send me platinum album certifications…to hang on my wall before I die.”
After hearing the final wishes of his former bandmate on his deathbed, Ozzy Osbourne sent Kerslake two platinum certifications for ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ and ‘Diary of a Madman,’ along with a personal letter. Osbourne shared a picture of his friend in which Kerslake was smiling with his award and letter on his official Facebook page, wishing him to feel better.
Here is what Osbourne said:
“I’m so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums. I hope you feel better. Love, Ozzy.”
Unfortunately, Lee Kerslake passed away only eight months after seeing his final wishes come true on September 19, 2020, due to cancer he has been fighting for a long time at age 73. The only consolation for his fans was to see the drummer’s happy pictures with the platinum certifications.
You can see the source right here and the Facebook post below.