David Bowie's bass player Trevor Bolder dies aged 62

Bolder also played with Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash

David Bowie's bass player Trevor Bolder dies aged 62

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Trevor Bolder, 1970s bass player with David Bowie, has died at the age of 62.

The musician, who also played with Uriah Heep, passed away from cancer earlier today (May 21), reports Classic Rock magazine. He had been suffering from the disease for four years.

As a member of the Spiders From Mars backing band – alongside Mick Ronson on guitar and Mick Woodmansey on drums – Bolder played on a host of classic Bowie albums, including 'Hunky Dory', 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars', 'Aladdin Sane' and 'Pin Ups'. He joined Uriah Heep in 1976 and appeared on their most recent album, 'Into The Wild', in 2011. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and had hoped to be well enough to join Uriah Heep for their performance at Download Festival next month.

A statement from Uriah Heep reads: "Trevor was an all-time great – one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players Britain ever produced. His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world."

Bolder also played with Wishbone Ash and Cybernauts.

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