The star passes away from renal cancer at the age of 48...

CHIC drummer TONY THOMPSON died yesterday (November 13) aged 48.

Thompson, who was also one of the world’s most famous session musicians, died of renal cancer. The news comes just two months after fellow Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer died of a heart attack.

Thompson’s hits include the Chic songs ‘Good Times’, ‘Le Freak’ and ‘Dance Dance Dance’.

In 1985, Thompson joined forces with Palmer, and Duran Duran’s John and Andy Taylor to form The Power Station. The band created hits such as ‘Get It On’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’.

As a session musician, Thompson played with David Bowie on ’Lets Dance’. He worked with artists such as Madonna, Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin during his career.

Thompson also played as a replacement drummer for [a][/a]’s John Bonham during their 1985 Live Aid gig.

A fund was set up to help Thompson with medical bills last week, as the drummer had no medical insurance. Contributions can still be made to help the late drummer’s family.