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Ken Hensley Dies Aged 75

Thursday, 05 November 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Trevor Hensley 

Ken Hensley has died aged 75.

The British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, well known for being a member of Uriah Heep in the '70s, passed away on November 4 after suffering a short illness.

Born in South East London on August 24, 1945, Hensley also had a prolific solo career, releasing records in each decade from the '70s to the 2010s. He recently finished work on his latest project, 'My Book of Answers', which is expected to be released at end of February 2021. Over the years, he also found time to work with numerous other bands, including Blackfoot, W.A.S.P. and Cinderella.

In a statement posted to Uriah Heep's Facebook page, guitarist Mick Box said:

I received devastating news this morning from Ken’s manager Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has passed away.

I had just finished watching his video of the unboxing of the 50th Anniversary Box Set last night, where he seemed absolutely fine and justifiably proud of his time in Uriah Heep, which has just added to the shock.

We may not have always been the best of friends, but there were some wonderful times we shared too, which are the ones I will always remember.

Ken wrote some amazing songs in his tenure with the band, and they will remain a musical legacy that will be in people’s hearts forever.

His communication through lyrics and melody have stood the test of time, and with the power and chemistry of the band bringing those songs to life, we achieved success we could only have dreamed of.

My sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica and may he rest in peace.

Ken Hensley is survived by his wife Monica, brothers Trevor and Mark, and sister Dawn.

5th November 2020: I received devastating news this morning from Ken’s manager Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has...

Posted by Uriah Heep on Thursday, 5 November 2020

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