Bassist Trevor Bolder dies at 62

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Trevor Bolder, a bassist best known for his work with Uriah Heep and David Bowie (as one of The Spiders from Mars), has died of cancer at the age of 62.

The bass player first got noticed by the rock world when he left his first band, the Rats, to play with David Bowie in 1971. Bolder eventually played on four Bowie albums: "Hunky Dory" (1971), "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1972), "Aladdin Sane" (1973) and "Pin Ups" (1973).

Eventually, Bowie's band -- Bolder, guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey -- became known as The Spiders from Mars and toured with Bowie during the 1970s. The group was also featured in the 1973 concert film, "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."

Bolder joined Uriah Heep in 1976. Other than a short period when he left for the band, Wishbone Ash, in the early 1980s, Bolder stayed with that band until health issues forced his departure at the beginning of 2013. In February of this year, the musician revealed that he had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer. "I had pancreas cancer, so I had to have that removed," Bolder explained in an interview with Classic Rock. "In a couple of months, I should be back to normal and doing roadwork with Uriah Heep."

Unfortunately, Bolder's cancer did not follow this positive prognosis.

Bowie posted a tribute to his former bassist on his website, saying "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. Be he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."

The Uriah Heep website had a similar message: "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." A separate tribute from the band's frontman, Mick Box, added, "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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