January 13, 2003 9:33

T REX STAR DIES

Kidney and liver problems claim the life of Marc Bolan's right hand man...

T REX STAR DIES
T REX percussionist MICKEY FINN died in hospital in CROYDON at the weekend, aged 55.


The glam rock star's manager, Barry Newby, said he was believed to have died of kidney and liver problems, but the exact cause of death has yet to be announced. He died on Saturday night (January 11) at Mayday Hospital.


Finn was a member of the band during their most successful period from 1970 until 1975, replacing original member Steve 'Peregrine' Took.


The band had their first Top Ten hit with 'Ride A White Swan' in October 1970, which reached Number Two. Their next ten singles were all Top Ten smashes, with four Number Ones - 'Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam' and 'Metal Guru', with another three of their songs reaching Number Two.


Famous for his bongo-playing, T Rex frontman Marc Bolan once described him saying: "He can't sing… but he looks superb", according to sources. The band were at the forefront of the glam-rock phenomenon that swept Britain in the 70's, and were credited with influencing David Bowie's glam incarnation.


Finn had in recent years been touring with his own outfit called Mickey Finn's T Rex, who were touring late last year. He was known to have suffered ill health in later years.

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