Peter Jones, the drummer of Australian rock band Crowded House, has died aged 45.
The Liverpool-born musician, who joined the band after original drummer Paul Hester quit in 1994, lost his battle for brain cancer on Friday (May 18).
A statement, published on the Crowded House website paid tribute to the drummer and described him as a “warm-hearted, funny and talented man”.
It read: “We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember his as a warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send out love and best thoughts to his family and friends.”
Leading the tributes from his friends was bandmate Neil Finn, who marked his respect by posting an eulogy on his Twitter. He Tweeted:
I am very sad to hear tonight that Peter Jones has died . ..a great man and a wonderful drummer . RIP Pete
— neil mullane finn (@NeilFinn) May 18, 2012
Jones is the group’s second drummer to pass away, after founding drummer Paul Hester committed suicide in 2005 following depression.
Crowded House were founded in 1985 by singer-songwriter Neil Finn. The group went on to achieve global success with hits such as ‘Don’t Dream Its Over’ and, most notably, ‘Weather With You’.