Member of Spiders from Mars, who subsequently played with Uriah Heep for more than 30 years, was suffering from cancer
Trevor Bolder, the bass player for Uriah Heep and David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, has died aged 62 after suffering from cancer.
Bolder joined 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 after his health worsened.
Tributes were paid to him on Tuesday night as a "world-class" rock musician.
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.
"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.
"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."
Lead guitarist Mick Box said: "Trevor was a world-class bass player, singer and 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."