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Monday 22 December 2014

Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes (44) dies

Jon Brookes from The Charlatans who has died aged 44, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour
Jon Brookes from The Charlatans who has died aged 44, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour

Tributes have been paid to Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes who has died aged 44, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

TThe band's frontman Tim Burgess wrote on Twitter: "Jon Brookes, my friend, our drummer and inspiration to so many, passed away this morning. We are torn apart. Love & thoughts to Jon's family."

Brookes was diagnosed in 2010 after he collapsed on stage during a gig in Philadelphia.

The band, who have had more than 20 top 40 hits, released their debut single, Indian Rope, in 1990.

Founder member and keyboard player Rob Collins died in a road accident in 1996.

A statement on the band's website said he died this morning.

It said: "Following a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010, Jon had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and had undergone several operations, although he had been working on new material with the band over the summer. He passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside."

The musician is survived by his wife and three daughters.

A further statement from the band said: "Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon's family."

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