Report: Ex Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Dead At 66

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It is with heavy hearts that we report to you that Bernie Tormé, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan, and Desperado among many other bands, has passed away at the age of 66. Bernie was recently hospitalized as a result of double pneumonia. As such, he had to be put on a ventilator.

As of right now, we do not know if this is the official cause of death. We should all respect the privacy of Bernie’s friends and family. The news was broken on his Facebook page…

Bernie Tormey 18.3.1952 – 17.3.2019

Posted by Bernie Torme on Monday, March 18, 2019

Who He Was…

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Bernard Tormey was being paid to play guitar since he was 17-years-old. He was influenced by such guitar legends as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Gary Moore among many others. Bernie was first noticed by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and helped him form his solo band Gillan. Once he left Gillan in 1981and was immediately approached by Jet Records to replace Randy Rhoads as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist.

Bernie also worked with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister to form the band Desperado which also saw great commercial success. By continuing to play with different bands and artists, Bernie remained of the most iconic and influential guitarists in all of rock & roll.

Bernie Torme / Facebook

Other Tributes…

I am absolutely numb. Got the news this morning that Bernie Torme has died. It's been a thrill playing drums for him for…

Posted by Mik Gaffney on Monday, March 18, 2019

Thank You, Bernie…

There’s no way to deny that Bernie was, is, and always will be a pillar to the rock & roll community. His tenure with several legendary bands and artists have established him as one of the absolute best.

He will always be loved and remembered by those who loved hard rock and heavy metal. RIP, Bernie Tormé. We will miss you.