Uriah Heep's longtime bassist Trevor Bolder has died at the age of 62 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Bolder was also famously a member of David Bowie's backing band the Spiders From Mars.

Bolder joined Uriah Heep in 1976 and left the hard rock British band in 1981 before rejoining them in 1983. He had been a member of the group ever since, appearing on a number of albums and live recordings.

As a member of Bowie's band, Bolder appeared on a number of classic albums, including 'Hunky Dory' and 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.'

In a statement, Uriah Heep wrote; "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. His longtime membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. 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. Prior to joining Heep, he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie's legendary Spiders from Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats."

Rest in Peace, Trevor Bolder.