Trevor Bolder Dies: David Bowie Bassist Was Fighting Cancer

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:43 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Trevor Bolder, the longtime Uriah Heep bassist who rose to fame in the '70s as part of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 62.

Bolder detailed his medical problems in a February interview with Classic Rock Magazine.

"I had pancreas cancer so I had to have that removed. Not the entire pancreas — but still, it was bad news," he said. "They've cut out the bad bit. I've had a bit of chemo, got to have that, which I'm doing now, in case there’s anything hanging about."

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Bolder joined Bowie's backing band in 1971 and was featured on such classic albums as "Hunky Dory," "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars," and "Aladdin Sane." The group toured heavily with Bowie and was featured in the 1973 concert movie by D.A. Pennebaker "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."

Bowie posted a statement about his friend and former band mate on his website.

"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," Bowie wrote.

Bolder joined English rock band Uriah Heep in 1976 and played with them up until a few months ago when his health worsened.

"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," Uriah Heep said in a statement announcing the passing of their friend. "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."

In the past, Bolder had also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts, and the Rats.

"Trevor was a world-class bass player, singer, and songwriter and, more importantly, a world-class friend," Uriah Heep lead guitarist Mick Box said. "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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