Longtime Uriah Heep bassist - and one of David Bowie's Spiders from Mars - has died. Bassist Trevor Bolder passed away Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 62.
Uriah Heep - the band Bolder joined after his tenure with Bowie's iconic backing band - announced his death on Tuesday. Their statement calls Bolder an "all time great" and one of the "most influential bass players Britain ever produced."
Bolder played on a number of Bowie's classic '70s albums, including "Hunky Dory," "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," and "Aladdin Sane." He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, and stayed with them until earlier this year when he went on medical leave.
Bolder first revealed that he had cancer in February in an interview with "Classic Rock" magazine.
The rock world is now mourning the death of Trevor. The rocker is being remembered by his bandmates as well as David Bowie, whom he played with in the Spiders From Mars. Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box says that in along with losing "a world class bass player, singer, and songwriter," he's also lost "a world class friend," and Trevor's family, friends, and fans are "all numb to the core." Bowie praises Trevor as "a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with." But he adds that "foremostly" Bolder was "a tremendous guy" and "a great man."
Members of Def Leppard and Nazareth are commenting on Bolder's passing as well. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott says Trevor had been one of his idols, and later became a friend. He adds that Bolder was "one of the good guys," and his death is "devastating."
Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew also calls Bolder's death "devastating." He says Trevor had "a brilliant career and was admired and respected by everyone in the business." Pete adds that Trevor was "a great guy," and he'll miss Trevor and his "wonderful dry sense of humor."
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