Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison dead at 63 after suffering a massive heart attack
He'd recently performed with Survivor in California, but died at his Memphis home
Survivor frontman and former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison has died at 63 following a massive heart attack at his home in Memphis. Jimi had returned home to be with his family after Survivor's gig in California, but had complained of chest pains on Sunday evening. His booking agent confirmed that he passed away shortly after EMTs arrived.
Jimi didn't join Survivor until after their huge success with 'Eye of the Tiger'. He was invited to join the band when Dave Bickler's vocal problems forced him to leave and became their frontman for five years from '84 to '89. He brought renewed success for Survivor with songs like 'The Moment of Truth' from The Karate Kid, helping them reassert themselves in the Billboard charts with four top 10 singles and a number 16 album with Vital Signs.
Jimi sang lead vocals on Rocky IV's 'Burning Heart', which hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100. He also co-wrote and performed the Baywatch theme, 'I'm Always Here.' While he left the band several times throughout the years, he continued to tour Survivor songs across the world.