COLD CHISEL drummer STEVE PRESTWICH has died at the age of 56 after losing his battle with a brain tumour.
The musician was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this month (Jan11) and underwent surgery on Friday (14Jan11).
He died on Sunday (16Jan11) after failing to regain consciousness following the operation.
Prestwich moved from his native England to Australia in the 1970s and formed the band with Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker, and he helped write a number of the group's most famous hits including When the War is Over and Forever Now.
After the group disbanded in 1983, he played in the Little River Band for two years. He released his first solo album, Since You've Been Gone, in 2000, followed by a second, Every Highway, in 2009 before Cold Chisel reformed for a number of shows.
A statement posted on the Cold Chisel website, reads, "Cold Chisel's drummer, Steve Prestwich, passed away Sunday afternoon. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour less than two weeks ago, underwent an operation last Friday, and never regained consciousness. Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss. All our thoughts are with Steve's loved ones at this difficult time."