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The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies


Story by Jack Foley

JON Brookes, drummer for indie band The Charlatans, has died at the age of 44.

He suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour, including several operations, ever since but had still been working on new material with the band over the summer.

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess revealed the sad news when he Tweeted that the band was “torn apart” at the news and sent love to Brookes’s family.

He said: “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 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.”

Brookes was first diagnosed with a brain tumour after he collapsed during a Charlatans concert in Philadelphia, in America, in 2010. He was subsequently flown to the UK for treatment.

In July this year, it was revealed that he had undergone further surgery for the brain tumour but the band said that he had recovered well from the operation but would remain in hospital for additional treatment.

Brookes, of Burntwood, Staffordshire, was a founding member of The Charlatans when the band formed in 1989. He went on to enjoy widespread success with them, enjoying 22 UK top 40 hits, including The Only One I Know, Can’t Get Out Of Bed, Tellin’ Stories and One To Another.