Jon Brookes, the drummer with indie band The Charlatans has passed away at the age of 44 years.
He had suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour. Brookes had undergone several operations, but had still been working on new material with the band over the summer. He died in hospital on Tuesday morning with his family at his bedside.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was “torn apart” at the news and sent love to Brookes’s family.
“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,” he said.
He also thanked “everyone for their messages and memories of Jon. So much love on such a sad day”.
A further statement from the band read: “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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