Lee - born Michael Gary Pearson on 19 November 1969 - began his career with Scarborough hard rockers Little Angels, and went on to play with The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lenny Kravitz and the reformed Thin Lizzy amongst others.
Lee's association with Robert Plant began on the former Led Zeppelin frontman's 1993 album Fate Of Nations. He went on to play on No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant Unledded in 1994 and was credited as a co-writer on 1998's Walking Into Clarksdale album.
The single Most High, taken from Walking Into Clarksdale, won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999.
A cause of death is yet to be established.