Mickey Finn, a bongo player with the 1970s glam rock band T Rex, died Saturday in a South London hospital. He was 56. No cause of death was given, but news reports said Finn had suffered from kidney a

Mickey Finn, a bongo player with the 1970s glam rock band T Rex, died Saturday in a South London hospital. He was 56. No cause of death was given, but news reports said Finn had suffered from kidney and liver problems.

"With regret, the band are sad to announce the passing of their dear friend and leader Mickey Finn," T-Rex manager Barry Newby said in a statement on the band's Web site. "His memory will always be in our hearts."

After stints with the bands Hapshash and Coloured Coat, Finn teamed up with charismatic singer/songwriter Marc Bolan in 1969 when T Rex's original bongo player, Steve Took, left the band. He was Bolan's sidekick as he progressed from hippie sage to glam rock guru, and performed on hits such as "Ride a White Swan" and "Children of the Revolution," and is credited with giving the band its distinctive "bebop" sound.

Finn quit the group 1975 when its star began to wane and went on to form his own band. But in 1997, after band members received a rapturous reception at a public performance to commemorate Bolan's 1977 death, the group reformed with Finn, original band member Paul Fenton, and several new musicians. They performed all over Europe and were particularly popular in Germany. The group recorded an album, "Renaissance," in 2000.

Funeral details were not immediately available. There was no word on survivors.


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