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Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies

1 of 1 Jon Brookes was diagnosed three years ago with a brain tumour after collapsing on stage
Jon Brookes was diagnosed three years ago with a brain tumour after collapsing on stage

Tributes have been paid to The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes, who has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 44.

Jon Brookes was diagnosed three years ago with a brain tumour after collapsing on stage at a show in Philadelphia.

He had been working on new material with the band this summer.

Writing on Twitter, The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess said: "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."

A statement issued on behalf of the band 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."

The statement continued: "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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