Bones Hillman, Bassist Of Midnight Oil, Passed Away At 62
Bassist Bones Hillman just passed away on November 9 at 62 years old following a battle with cancer. He died at his home in Milwaukee.
Best known for being a member of Australian rock act Midnight Oil, the band confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement posted on their social media. He joined the group in 1987, stepping in to replace Peter Gifford. He’s sung in all of their records since 1990’s “Blue Sky Mining”.
Midnight Oil wrote, “We’re grieving the loss of our brother Bones Hillman, who has passed away at his home in Milwaukee today after a cancer battle. He was the bassist with the beautiful voice, the band member with the wicked sense of humour, and our brilliant musical comrade.
“Bones joined Midnight Oil way back in 1987 after stints in various Kiwi bands, most notably, The Swingers. He played and sang on every Midnight Oil recording since Blue Sky Mining and we did thousands of gigs together.
“We will deeply miss our dear friend and companion and we send our sincerest sympathies to Denise, who has been a tower of strength for him.”
Ever since the news of his death broke, fellow rockers and celebrities have paid tribute to him including actor Russell Crowe, band Jebediah, and Canadian musician Alan Doyle.
Bones Hillman is survived by wife Denise.