Bernie Torme, Ozzy Osbourne's Guitarist, Dead at 66
Bernie Torme, a guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne, died a day before his 67th birthday. His drummer broke the tragic news on Tuesday.
Drummer Mik Gaffney revealed to "The Associated Press" on Tuesday that Torme died on Sunday. He went on to reveal that Torme had been in a London hospital when he passed.
Gaffney said Torme had pneumonia in both lungs. The guitarist was reportedly on life support for four weeks before he passed away.
Gaffney went on to say that Torme died peacefully. He added that the musician was surrounded by his family when he passed. Torme would have turned 67 on Monday.
“What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie," tweeted Osbourne on Monday when he heard the news.
Woke up to find out my friend @Bernie_Torme has died. He was a guitar god who played with @OzzyOsbourne & Ian Gillan. We worked together for 3 years, writing over 100 songs for the ill-fated Desperado. I loved that man & today my heart is broken. RIP Bernie. Your guitar weeps.— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) March 18, 2019
In 1979, Torme joined "Deep Purple" singer Ian Gillan’s band "Gillan." He later went on to become a guitarist for Osbourne. Torme recorded over 24 albums throughout his career as a solo artist and band member.