The Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Dies At 44

The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes has passed away at the age of 44.

Brookes, who suffered a seizure on stage in 2010, had been dealing with a brain tumor for the last three years. The BBC reports that Brookes had undergone several operations but was still an active member in The Charlatans.

The band had been working on new material this summer. The band said that Brookes passed away at the hospital surrounded by his family.

The band released a statement today about Jon Brookes death.

The statement reads: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jon Brookes, the drummer with The Charlatans, died this morning aged 44… Jon was a founding member of The Charlatans, who formed in the West Midlands in 1989. He was much loved by those who knew him and regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation and will be dearly missed by all who knew him… 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.”

Brookes was a founding member of The Charlatans. The band blended funk, rock, psychedelia and was known for songs like The Only One I Know and Can’t Get Out Of Bed.

[Image Via The Charlatans]

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