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Jimmy Bain, former Rainbow and DIO bassist, dies aged 68

The Scottish bass player, known for his work with Rainbow and DIO, has reportedly passed away.

According to multiple sources, Jimmy Bain has died aged 68.

Bain was recruited by Ritchie Blackmore to join Rainbow and played bass on their legendary "Rising" album, as well as live album "On Stage". He was fired from the band in 1977.

The following year, he formed Wild Horses with former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson, releasing two albums in the early 1980s. Bain then went on to co-write music with his friend Phil Lynott for his two solo albums.

1983 saw Bain join DIO, co-writing many of their hits including "Rainbow in the Dark" and "Holy Diver" during a very successful tenure with the band.

In recent times Jimmy Bain was a member of Last In Line, alongside Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and Andrew Freeman. The band performed on Def Leppard's cruise just last week.

The full details surrounding Bain's death are not yet known, but the world of rock has begun to pay tribute online:

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