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Survivor singer Jimi Jamison dies aged 63

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Image caption Jamison's fellow band members are "shocked and saddened"

Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, has died aged 63.

Jamison, who joined the band in 1984 and co-wrote the Baywatch theme I'm Always Here, was described by the band as "our brother".

They said on their Facebook page: "The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened.

"Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Rocky IV theme

The band are best known for their 1982 hit The Eye of the Tiger which pre-dated Jamison joining the group.

Survivor's album Vital Signs was released after he joined. It achieved multi-platinum status with a string of hit singles including I Can't Hold Back, High on You and The Search is Over.

While the band continued to tour worldwide, they took time out to record The Moment of Truth, the theme tune to 1984 film The Karate Kid, and Burning Heart, the title track for 1985's Rocky IV.

In 1988 Survivor released their seventh album, Too Hot To Sleep, after which the band decided to take a break to pursue solo projects.

In 2006, Jamison formally left the band to focus on his solo career but rejoined again in 2011.

He also performed back-up vocals for recordings by ZZ Top, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, and numerous other recording artists. The musician co-wrote songs with musicians such as Joe Walsh.

Survivor are currently in the middle of a tour of the US and Europe and were due to play dates in the UK next month.

No announcement regarding the rest of the tour has been made yet.

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