Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dies At 44
The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes has died at the age of 44, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The 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 with the tumour after he collapsed on stage during a gig in Philadelphia.
The musician is survived by his wife and three daughters.
A statement on the band's website said Brookes died on Tuesday morning.
"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," the statement said.
"He passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside.
"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."
Another founding member of the band, keyboard player Rob Collins, died in a road accident in 1996.
The Charlatans have had more than 20 hits after releasing their debut single, Indian Rope, in 1990.