Former DIO and BLACK SABBATH drummer Vinny Appice has voiced his displeasure over the fact that his LAST IN LINE bandmate Jimmy Bain’s death was “confirmed” via social media before the group had a chance to break the news to Bain’s family. Bain died over the weekend at the age of 68. He passed away while the DIO offshoot band LAST IN LINE was taking part in DEF LEPPARD’s “Hysteria On The High Seas” cruise. No cause of death has been revealed, although it has been reported that he was ill for some time.

Bain’s passing was first reported Saturday night (January 23) on Facebook and Instagram by ex-DIO drummer Simon Wright and Diana Deville, a former employee of Wendy Dio’s Niji Management. Writing on his Facebook page, Vinny said: “Yes, it’s true our brother Jimmy Bain has passed and we are very sad about the news and in shock. We, the band, are also saddened that the news leaked out before we were able to contact Jimmy’s family. Within an hour and a half, it was all over the Internet and confirmed by people that have no business confirming anything about this and not knowing the facts of the situation. We apologize to Jimmy’s family and Jimmy’s memory about this nonsense that seems to prevail on the Internet to be the first one to post something and attach themselves to a tragedy like the loss of our brother Jimmy.