Dio and Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain dies aged 68

Def Leppard and Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell are among the first to pay their respects

Dio and Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain has died aged 68.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, who performed with Bain in Dio and their new band Last In Line, confirmed the death on Facebook. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band mate, Jimmy Bain,” he wrote. “It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.

“Jimmy’s struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record.

“He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable. He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music.”

It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line…

Posted by Vivian Campbell on Sunday, 24 January 2016

No cause of death has yet been revealed. Born in Scotland, he was recruited by former Deep Purple member Ritchie Blackmore to join Rainbow alongside singer Ronnie James Dio in the seventies. Bain’s year long tenure with Rainbow spanned one studio album – 1976’s ‘Rising’ – and the group’s 1977 live LP On Stage.

Throughout his career, he also performed with John Cale, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, Scorpions, Gary Moore and his own group Wild Horses.

Bain appeared on Dio’s first four albums along with their 1986 live album ‘Intermission’. He left the band in 1989 before rejoining Dio for 2000’s ‘Magica’ and 2002’s ‘Killing The Dragon’.

His latest band Last In Line, were scheduled to appear on Def Leppard’s current ‘Hysteria On The High Seas Cruise’ but it’s unclear if he made the tour.

Former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell, who recently lost his frontman Lemmy, was one of the first to pay tribute. He wrote: “Jimmy Bain was a true musician and songwriter. He was involved and wrote more than you probably imagine.”