Mott The Hoople star Steve Hyams has died at the age of 62. The guitarist and singer passed away in Kingston upon Thames, in south west London, last month (May13) after a long battle with heart problems. Hyams' son Luke tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "Dad partied with the Beatles, the (Rolling) Stones and many others, in stories that probably shouldn't be published until after everyone else is dead... My father was on a rollercoaster ride of creative pursuit, misadventure and tragedy. He was a rock 'n' roll original." Hyams started his career working with bands including Dolls House and the Samuel Prody Band before launching himself as a solo artist in the 1970s. He later teamed up with his friends in rock group Mott The Hoople, recording a number of songs and demos with them, and he was even touted as a new frontman for the group after singer Ian Hunter quit. He played with the band's remaining line-up on a number of different projects, including British Lions, but he was not a part of the Mott The Hoople 40th anniversary concerts in London in 2009. He was rumoured to have sat out the reunion due to health problems.