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Former Survivor Frontman Jimi Jamison Dies

HOUSTON, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Jimi Jamison, the former lead singer of the band Survivor, has died. He was 63 at the time of his passing.

"The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends," a post on the band's official Facebook page said.

There is no way to explain the loss of my brother “Jamo.” Over the years we developed a deep friendship. My heart is heavy with sadness as I struggle to express the pain, suffering and deep loss. Though I rest assured that Jim is in the best of places, it still provides little comfort for those of us left behind. His voice was magic and he had a loving heart. I called him “Golden Throat” and for good reason. Jim Jamison had a voice we will never forget. It was massive and huge and yet sweet and gentle. He was a loving soul and a brother to me in many ways. I will miss him greatly," his former bandmate Frank Sullivan added in a second post.

Jamison joined Survivor in 1984 while they were riding high on the success of their "Eye of the Tiger," from the "Rocky III" soundtrack, stepping in for the founding lead singer, Dave Bickler, who left the band due to medical issues with his voice.

While with Survivor, Jamison contributed vocals to five Top 20 singles with the band, including "The Search is Over," "Burning Heart," "I Can't Hold Back," "High on You," and "Is This Love."

After the band split in 1989, Jamison did some solo work, including the theme from the hit show Baywatch, before reuniting with Survivor in 2000.

Before Survivor, Jamison fronted for the Memphis-based band Cobra, and provided backup vocals for a number of artists, including Joe Walsh and ZZ Top.

A cause of death for Mr. Jamison was not announced. – Staff Writers