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David Bowie has paid tribute to his former bass-player Trevor Bolder as a "major inspiration and a "tremendous guy" after he died following a battle with cancer.
Bowie said: "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."
Bolder went on to join Uriah Heep five years later and only stopped playing with the band a few months ago, due to his poor health.
A statement from Uriah Heep said: "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."
Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder has died following a battle with cancer. The Hull born musician was 62. Bolder joined David Bowie's backing band in 1971, appearing on classic albums including Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane.
He went on to join Uriah Heep five years later and only stopped playing with the band a few months ago, due to his poor health. Tributes have been paid to him as a "world-class" rock musician.