Bernie Torme, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, dead at 66

March 19, 2019 - 1:29 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Torme, a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, has died a day before his 67th birthday.

Drummer Mik Gaffney tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that Torme died on Sunday at a London hospital. Gaffney said Torme had pneumonia in both lungs and was on life support for four weeks.

Gaffney added that Torme, who was Irish, died peacefully and was surrounded by his family.

Osbourne tweeted on Monday that it was a sad day and the world had lost "another great musician." He said Torme "was a gentle soul with a heart of gold."

In 1979 Torme joined Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan's band Gillan. He later joined Osbourne on tour as his guitarist.

Torme has recorded over 24 albums throughout his career as a solo artist or band member.

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