Charlatans drummer loses cancer battle

Jon Brookes Photo: www.thecharlatans.net

Tributes have been paid to Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes who has died aged 44, three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The band's frontman Tim Burgess wrote on Twitter:

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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 in Philadelphia.

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

Founder member and keyboard player Rob Collins died in a road accident in 1996.

The bands official Twitter page announced the new this morning:

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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jon Brookes, died this morning aged 44. http://t.co/UtycM1r55Q

A statement on the band's website 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."