The music industry had to endure several farewells from frontrunners: David Bowie and Eagles’ Glenn Frey. Over the weekend, Def Leppard’s guitarist, Vivian Campbell, declared Jimmy Bain dead through his official Facebook account. Bain died at 68, with no apparent cause of death revealed.
Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell officially declared Jimmy Bain dead over his post today:
The post indicates that the rock star has openly shared his struggles with drugs over the years he has been part of the music industry. Unfortunately, no cause of death was revealed from Campbell’s post. In fact, Bain was performing with his Dio bandmates Appice and Campbell for the “Last In Line” segment of the Hysteria on the High Seas cruise. There was also no confirmation as to whether Jimmy Bain died aboard the ship or not.
Following Bain’s death, several rock stars took to social media and extended their condolences to the fallen bassist.
Jimmy Bain has passed away. I'm saddened by the loss of my friend. David & I were very close with Jimmy. Godspeed! pic.twitter.com/dDO9M7nvcg
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) January 24, 2016
My condolences to the DIO family on the passing of legendary bassist and friend Jimmy Bain…
— Rudy Sarzo (@rudysarzo) January 24, 2016
Ah bollocks, I just woke up to find my dear mate Jimmy Bain has passed away. Rip Jimmy
— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 24, 2016
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) January 24, 2016
Jimmy Bain, also known as James Stewart, was a Scotland-born rock star and Dio and Rainbow’s bassist. His name was first recognized during the seventies when he initially performed for several Scottish acts before he ventured to London and was recruited by Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore to be Dio’s bassist.
After four studio albums with Dio, Bain left the band and rejoined during 1998 until Dio died in 2010. Bain has been performing for Last in Line since 2013.
When Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell announced Jimmy Bain dead, the music industry had to say goodbye to the fourth fallen rock star this month. What a truly devastating month it has been for the world of music.