Trevor Bolder, former bassist for David Bowie and Uriah Heep, has died after a bout with cancer. He was 62.

Last February, Bolder revealed that the recent surgery he had undergone was for pancreatic cancer, not for a heart attack, as originally speculated. Bolder seemed hopeful the surgery had done its job, and that after chemotherapy he would be able to return to work.

Bolder had been the bassist for Uriah Heep since 1983, following a stint with the hard rock band starting in 1976. Though Uriah Heep’s commercial success had lessened by the time Bolder joined the group, he was still a valuable member, even producing 1991’s Different World.

But Bolder may have been best known to audiences for his work in Spiders From Mars, David Bowie’s early backing band. The U.K. native joined the group in 1971 and appeared on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups, a stretch of four albums up until 1973 before Spiders From Mars were disbanded.

On his website, Bowie paid tribute to “a great man,” calling Bolder “a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with.”

“Trevor was a ‘World Class’ bass player, singer and songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend,” said Uriah Heep’s Mick Box on the band’s website, where his death was announced. “He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core.”

Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com


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