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Chic, Power Station drummer dead at 48

Tony Thompson was renowned session man

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LOS ANGELES, California (Billboard) -- Session drummer Tony Thompson, who worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and Rod Stewart, died Wednesday in Encino, California. He was 48.

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He had undergone surgery for renal-cell cancer earlier this year.

Thompson established himself with the hit-making '70s funk group Chic. Following the act's breakup in 1981, he became an in-demand session drummer, also recording behind such stars as Sister Sledge, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Duran Duran and the late Robert Palmer, among others.

In 1985 -- the same year he drummed with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin at Live Aid -- Thompson joined Palmer and John and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran in the Power Station. The band's self-titled album was certified platinum for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Fans can make donations in Thompson's honor via the ( Web site.

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