Rock icon David Bowie has paid tribute to his former bandmate Trevor Bolder after the bassist lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday (21May13). The 62-year-old Uriah Heep star got his big break in the 1970s as a member of Bowie's backing band Spiders From Mars, and appeared on the star's classic albums Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane. Now Bowie has offered his condolences in a touching statement posted on his Facebook.com page, which reads, "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly (sic) a tremendous guy, a great man." Bolder bowed out of Uriah Heep a few months ago when his health deteriorated, and the band's lead guitarist Mick Box has hailed him as a great friend. Box says, "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."