In sad news, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Bernie Tormé has died at the age of 66 following complications due to double pneumonia.
He was recently put on a ventilator due to his complications and has sadly succumbed to ill health.
His death was publicly announced on the guitar players Facebook account.
Tormé replaced Randy Rhoads in Osbourne’s band shortly after Rhodes’ death in 1982 but only played a few shows with the band before he chose to go it alone and go solo.
In a tribute to the Irish guitarist, drummer Mik Gaffney wrote the following: “He was loud, passionate, didn’t suffer fools but he was always a true gentleman,” Gaffney’s post reads. “I will miss our arguments about Irish whiskey vs Scottish whisky, I will miss him calling me a c**t, I will miss seeing that sparkle in his eye when he strapped his guitar on.”
Tormé recorded more than 24 albums during his career as well as being in Gillian and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr’s band Desperado.
His last recorded work was released last November in the form of a double album Shadowland.
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
A true original.
I’m proud that I got to call you a friend. pic.twitter.com/jSLh9xCMQj
— Ginger Wildheart (@GingerWildheart) March 18, 2019