added: 13 Aug 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer has died age 44 reports the BBC.
As we reported back in 2010, Brookes suffered a seizure on tour with the band and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
He had been in hospital for various operations, but had still been working on new material with the band. He passed away in hospital on Tuesday morning with his loved ones beside him.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was "torn apart" at the news and sent love to Brookes's family.
"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," he said.
A further statement from 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.
"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 diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing during a Charlatans gig in Philadelphia, in the United States in 2010.
Brookes, of Burntwood, Staffordshire, was a much loved and founding member of the band that formed in the West Midlands in 1989.
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