Trevor Bolder dies: David Bowie and more pay tribute

May 22, 2013 at 10:46 p.m. ET

Trevor Bolder has died. The 62-year-old, known to many for his work on four David Bowie albums, passed away Tuesday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for several years.

Trevor Bolder

Trevor Bolder's death has many in the music world reaching out to share memories and tributes in his honor. The passing of the bassist from David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars was announced by his other longtime band, Uriah Heep.

A statement released by the English rockers reads, "It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all-time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced."

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"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," the message continued. "He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year."

Lead guitarist Mick Box is quoted as saying, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core."

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Musician David Bowie said of the bassist who worked on the albums Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups, "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."

Here's a look at Bolder "shredding and shredding and shredding" in a YouTube video shared by one fan:


Our thoughts go out to Trevor Bolder's friends, family and fans at this time.

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