Uriah Heep ex-keyboardist Ken Hensley passed away aged 75

News 06/11/2020

Ken Hensley, the former keyboardist for Uriah Heep, has passed away at the age of 75 at home in Spain.

Confirmed by his brother, Hensley passed away on 4th November, "I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening," Trevor Hensley wrote on Facebook.

"His beautiful wife Monica was at his side and comforted Ken in his last few minutes with us. We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and ask that you please give us some space and time to come to terms with it." He also noted that Hensley will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain.

Hensley wrote many songs for the band during his tenure from 1970-1980, performing guitar and lead vocals on a number of tracks. Among them includes the folk-rock epic song, 'Lady in Black' and 'Easy Livin''. In total, the late musician recorded 13 albums with Uriah Heep during his decade-long tenure. 

When the band began to take a different direction, he left them and worked with W.A.S.P., Cinderella, Blackfoot and other bands after his departure, and led his own band called Live Fire.

Uriah Heep released a statement saying that Hensley's death took place after a very "short illness", noting that he was one of the most "important musicians of the past half-century".

"His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. … A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists."