The news of the Irish musician’s health issues was broken via his Facebook page earlier today.
The post reads: “Bernie Tormé is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers.”
According to the University of Virginia Health System, double pneumonia (sometimes called bronchial pneumonia) simply refers to infections in two (of the three) lobes of the lungs, and generally indicates a more severe infection that often requires hospitalization.
Tormé is known for stepping in and saving the day for Ozzy when Randy Rhoads tragically died. Ozzy and Bernie hadn’t seen each other since the early ’80s (after Bernie left the band) before reconnecting last summer at the Sweden Rock Festival. Tormé also toured the world as the lead axeman in GILLAN and formed DESPERADO with TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and ex-IRON MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr, as well as fronting his own bands ELECTRIC GYPSIES and TORME (featuring Phil Lewis of L.A. GUNS/GIRL fame).
A young Zakk Wylde witnessed Bernie playing with Ozzy at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the one of the very few dates Bernie did with Ozzy. Zakk called Bernie “his hero” and insisted on a selfie when they met at Sweden Rock.
Ozzy told Rolling Stone about meeting up with Bernie at Sweden Rock: “I haven’t seen him for a fucking thousand years. Someone told me he was outside my dressing room. I went, ‘No.’ He said, ‘I’ll never forget the time I played with you, Ozzy. It was a lot of fun.’ I couldn’t remember what he looks like. It had been that long.”
Last November, Tormé released a double album called “Shadowland”. Recorded last year at Barnroom Studios, the disc was the first release from Bernie‘s new trio. The album also featured a guest appearance from Bernie‘s former GILLAN bandmate Colin Towns.
Tormé has recorded over 24 albums in his career to date as a solo artist or bandmember.
Bernie Tormé is extremely ill in intensive care with virulent double pneumonia. We ask for your prayers.