Former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain has died at 68. According to Blabbermouth, the news was confirmed by ex-Dio drummer Simon Wright and Diana Deville, a long-time employee of Wendy Dio’s Niji Management.
In a career spanning 42 years Bain had worked with the greats, including Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums. He also toured with Hollywood Allstarz, a supergroup featuring a variety of stars from the 80’s. The group included members from Quiet Riot and Lynch Mob.
Bain passed away while on Def Leppard’s Hysteria on the High Seas cruise, he was playing with his current band, Last in Line. No official cause of death is known as yet, but band members informed fans on the cruise that he had been battling with pneumonia for some time.