Jimmy Bain, former bassist for Rainbow and Dio, dies at 68

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Jimmy Bain, who played bass for Rainbow, Dio, and - most recently - Last in Line, has died. Vivian Campbell, bandmate to Bain in Dio and Last in Line (and guitarist for Def Leppard), shared the sad news on Facebook on Sunday, Jan. 24, though Bain's cause of death has not been confirmed. Bain was 68.

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"It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last in Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain," Campbell wrote. "It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted."

"Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last in Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable," he continued.

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Dio, 1983: Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Viv Campbell (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
BOYTON BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Scott Warren, Simon Wright, Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain and Craig Goldy pose for a portrait at Ozone On December 14, 2000 in Boyton Beach Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Bassist Jimmy Bain (L) and singer Ronnie James Dio perform at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas during the kickoff of his tour May 31, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dio is opening for Deep Purple and the Scorpions to promote the new album, 'Kill the Dragon.' (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
DENMARK - JANUARY 01: Photo of Ritchie BLACKMORE and RAINBOW; L-R. Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain, Ritchie Blackmore (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1976: (L-R) Singer Ronnie James Dio, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Cozy Powell and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of the rock and roll band 'Rainbow' pose for a portrait at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Rainbow (guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, drummer Cozy Powell (1947-1998), singer Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010), keyboard player Tony Carey and bassist Jimmy Bain), British rock band, pose for a group studio portrait for use on the cover of the band's album, 'Rising', in 1976. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - 10th NOVEMBER: Bassist Jimmy Bain from rock group Rainbow posed backstage at the Forum in Montreal, Canada on 10th November 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
NEW YORK - 14th NOVEMBER: singer Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) and bassist Jimmy Bain (right) from Rainbow posed backstage at the Calderone Concert Hall in New York on 14th November 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
DETROIT - 21st NOVEMBER: Rock group Rainbow perform live on stage at the Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan on 21st November 1975. Left to right: keyboard player Tony Carey, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Cozy Powell (1947-1998), singer Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
MONTREAL, CANADA - 10th NOVEMBER: Rock group Rainbow posed backstage at the Forum in Montreal, Canada on 10th November 1975. Left to right: keyboard player Tony Carey, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Cozy Powell (1947-1998) and vocalist Ronnie James Dio (1942/2010) (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
NEW YORK - 14th NOVEMBER: Bassist Jimmy Bain from Rainbow posed wearing underwear backstage at the Calderone Concert Hall in Long Island, New York on 14th November 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
Rainbow (drummer Cozy Powell (1947-1998), singer Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010), keyboard player Tony Carey, bassist Jimmy Bain and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore), British rock band, pose for a group studio portrait for use on the cover of the band's album, 'Rising', in 1976. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
DENMARK - JANUARY 01: Photo of Ritchie BLACKMORE and RAINBOW and Tony CAREY and Cozy POWELL and Jimmy BAIN and Ronnie DIO and Ronnie James DIO; Rainbow - L-R: Tony Carey, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain, Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio - posed, group shot (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
DENMARK - JANUARY 01: Photo of RAINBOW; Rainbow - Jimmy Bain Tony Carey Ritchie Blackmore, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1976 (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
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"He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music," he said.

Bain was born in Scotland in 1947 and played in several local bands. He got involved in the London music scene in the '70s with the band Harlot before joining Rainbow, alongside Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio. His time with Rainbow was short-lived, but he played on the studio album Rising as well as the live album On Stage.

Throughout his career, Bain also worked with Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Scorpions, and Wild Horses -- a band which he fronted -- among others.

Bain regrouped with Ronnie James Dio in the '80s to perform with him in the band Dio. He took part in the group's debut studio album, Holy Diver, as well as The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, Dream Evil and the live album Intermission. He left the band in 1989, only to rejoin them again for the albums Magica and Killing the Dragon a decade later.

As of late, Bain was performing with Last in Line, and the band was scheduled to play on Def Leppard's Hysteria on the High Seas cruise (at sea from Jan. 21 to 25). Rolling Stone points out that Campbell shared a rehearsal clip on Facebook on Jan. 18.

Megadeath's Dave Mustaine, Motorhead's Phil Campbell, former Guns N' Roses member Matt Sorum, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and various other artists paid tribute to Bain on social media upon hearing the news of his death.

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