The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies, aged 44

Band pay tribute to 'a brilliant drummer, an inspiration'

Jon Brookes, drummer and founding member of The Charlatans, has died aged 44.

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.”

Charlatans singer Tim Burgess also paid tribute to his friend and bandmate 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

— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) August 13, 2013