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The Charlatans' Drummer Jon Brookes Dies At 44

by Linda Ryan

The Charlatans' Drummer Jon Brookes Dies At 44


Jon Brookes, founding member and drummer of The Charlatans, passed away Tuesday morning. Brookes was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010 after collapsing onstage during a concert in Philadelphia.

The band first rose to prominence in the baggy era with 1990 single "The Only One I Know". Albums such as 1994's Up to Our Hips and 1995's The Charlatans helped define the Britpop era.

Brookes continued to play and record with the band throughout his illness, reportedly working on new material a few months ago. He was admitted to hospital earlier this week and passed away with friends by his side. The Charlatans issued an official statement confirming the news: "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 tweeted, "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."

Jon Brooks is survived by a wife and three daughters.

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