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Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dies Age 44

posted 13 Aug 2013, 09:52 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 13 Aug 2013, 09:53 ]

Jon Brookes, drummer with indie band The Charlatans, dies at 44 after battling a brain tumour since 2010.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM   (REUTERS) - British indie band The Charlatans said the band's drummer, Jon Brookes, "passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside", a statement on the band's website read on Tuesday (August 13).

"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.

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 in 2010 after he collapsed on stage during a gig inPhiladelphia.

The Britpop band, who have had more than 20 top 40 hits since their formation in 1989, released their debut single 'Indian Rope' in 1990.

Other hits from the band include 'The Only One I Know' and 'Can't Get Out of Bed'.

Brookes drummed on all of the band's 11 studio albums.

Brookes is survived by his wife and three daughters.