THE Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess feared death was upon him during the production of the band's latest album Simpatico, after two close friends passed away. The 38-year-old British rocker, who lives in Los Angeles, became increasingly paranoid of his own premature end following the loss of a dear companion and a fellow musician. He says, "I was feeling death was following me quite a lot. And I did feel quite scared by it. "A really close friend of mine, who when I first met my girl in LA was the only person who thought it was a great thing, died while we were making this record. So did the bass player in a really great punk band I loved called THE LEONARDS, TOM PAINE. And he was only a year older than me. "So I felt that death was quite close around me. It started getting on top of me, really. I think... it's good, death. Death is not the worst thing that can happen."