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  • 2 September 2014, 9:43

Baywatch Theme Tune Singer Jimi Jamison Dies

Jimi Jamison who co-wrote and sang the Baywatch theme tune with his band Survivor, has died aged 63.

The group confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: "Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison.  Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family."

Jamison's booking agent Sally Irwin told TMZ that he had died following a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

The musician had played a show with Survivor in California on Saturday.

The band, which also includes Frankie Sullivan, Dave Bickler, Billy Ozzello, Walter Tolentino and Ryan Sullivan, were due to go on tour later this month, including playing five dates in the UK. It is not clear if the tour will go ahead.

Jamison joined Survivor in 1984 two years after they saw success with the Rocky III hit, Eye Of The Tiger, following the break-up of the band Cobra.

He was lead singer on songs such as The Moment Of Truth - used as the theme song for The Karate Kid - The Search Is Over and Is This Love.

Jamison was also the co-writer and vocalist for the song I'm Always Here from the 1990s television series Baywatch.

In 2005, Jamison was featured with the band in an Emmy-nominated Starbucks advert which parodied Eye of the Tiger.

He left Survivor in 2006 to continue his solo career but rejoined in 2011.

Later that year he sang Eye Of The Tiger for boxer Mannie Pacquiao's bout against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.