Johnny Marr pays tribute to late Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes, ‘One of the good guys’

Marr joins Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess in remembering the drummer, who died today (August 13)

Johnny Marr has paid tribute to Jon Brookes, drummer and founding member of The Charlatans, who died earlier today (August 13), aged 44.

Marr joined the likes of Swim Deep, Bestival founder Rob da Bank and Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess in posting tributes to Brookes online. In his message, Marr wrote: “Such sad news about the death of Jon Brookes. Like all of The Charlatans Jon was one of the good guys. Love and respect. “

Brookes had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour since suffering a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010. Though he continued to perform with The Charlatans – he was back on stage a month after his US collapse – he underwent several operations and received radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He suffered a relapse in September 2012 and was operated on as recently as July this year. A spokesperson for the band confirms that Brooks passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning, with his family at his bedside.

A statement from the band reads: “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.”

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