The Charlatans - The Charlatans' drummer dies

The Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes has died.

The 'One to Another' musician passed away this morning (13.08.13) after a battle with brain cancer, aged 44.

He was first diagnosed after suffering a seizure and collapsing on stage in Philadelphia while on tour with the band in 2010.

Singer Tim Burgess paid tribute on Twitter, writing: ''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.''

A statement on the band's website added: ''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 [his wife] Debbie and all of his family.''

Jon had undergone a number of operations but was well enough to rejoin the band and work on new material over this summer.

After a recent operation he said: ''I will never be able to express my heartfelt thanks for all the love and light I received.''

Speaking of his battle, he added: ''I hope it influences [recording with the band] in some way. It will definitely have a profound effect on me, but God knows what will come out from the experience.''

The band - which also includes Martin Blunt, Mark Collins and Tony Rogers - have previously suffered the tragedy of losing their original keyboard player, Rob Collins, who died in a car accident in 1996.


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