Ozzy Osbourne Pays Tribute To Former Guitarist Bernie Tormé
Following the death of guitarist Bernie Tormé, Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to the musician over Facebook.
The Irish musician died on Sunday surrounded by his family following a battle with pneumonia -- just one day short of his 67th birthday.
A message on his official Twitter account last month revealed that the star had been hospitalised in intensive care and was “extremely ill” with pneumonia.
“He is currently receiving the best possible treatment and is fighting back but remains in intensive care. We’ll keep you posted on any change in the situation but for now, your thoughts and best wishes are much appreciated,” Bernie's family added on March 4.
They later confirmed his death over Facebook with a photograph showing him sitting on his deck while a caption simply reads, "Bernie Tormey 18.3.1952 - 17.3.2019."
While Tormé's stint in Ozzy's band lasted just 10 days in 1982 after the death of Randy Rhoads in a plane crash, the muso clearly made an impact on the Black Sabbath rocker, who posted a heartfelt tribute to his one-time guitarist.
"What a sad day," Ozzy wrote on Facebook. "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."
Meanwhile, fellow celebs -- including Ozzy's wife, Sharon Osbourne -- have also paid tribute to the guitarist on social media, with Sharon writing, "I cannot believe that Bernie Torme has passed. Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that. Love and condolences to his family."
Along with his work with Ozzy, Tormé's biggest musical success came during his time as a member of Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan's solo band, Gillan, where he performed on four albums -- Mr. Universe, Glory Road, Future Shock and Double Trouble -- before leaving the group in 1981.
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