David Bowie ‘s drummer Dennis Davis has sadly passed away after a battle with lung cancer months after the frontman’s own death .
The New York percussionist joined the Starman singer’s backing band in 1974, and went on to feature on some of the iconic musician’s classic albums, including 1977’s Heroes.
His friend Dan Atherton Snr. confirmed the tragic news in an emotional post on his Facebook account, writing: “I am so saddened to announce the death of my very long-time friend Dennis Davis.
“Great friend, awesome drummer who played with the greats – Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Roy Ayers, David Bowie just to name a few.
“I’m so bewildered and hurt. Rest In Peace, my dear friend, until we meet again. I love you, man.”
Dennis – who also drummed for the likes of Iggy Pop, Stevie Wonder and Jermaine Jackson – has been remembered by Bowie biographer Nicholas Pegg.
He said: “Farewell Dennis Davis. Majestic drummer on ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Sound and Vision’, “Heroes”, and many more Bowie classics.”
His influential snare sound from Bowie’s Low album is still highly regarded amongst musicians, and he reprised his role behind the kit on the star’s live tours in the 2000s, including his final run A Reality Tour in 2003.
The Rebel, Rebel singer himself passed away in January this year, after a secret cancer battle .