At the age of 75, Ken Hensley, former keyboardist of the legendary band Uriah Heep, passed away on Wednesday (November 4) at his home in Spain.
His brother, Trevor Hensley, confirmed the unfortunate news in a post on his Facebook page.
He did not provide details of the death but did claim that it was an unexpected death.
Hensley wrote many of the band’s songs throughout his tenure with the group from 1970 to 1980, playing guitar and lead vocals on several instants. He later performed with W.A.S.P., Cinderella, Blackfoot, and other groups, in addition to forming his own band, Live Fire.
“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 noted that “Ken will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain, so please don’t ask for information about a funeral. Ken has gone but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.”
Hensley was part of Uriah Heep from 1970 to 1980, being part of the recordings of the albums “… Very‘ Eavy… Very ‘Umble” (1970) to “Conquest” (1980).