Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Passes
August 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM (PT)
British alternative rock group THE CHARLATANS drummer JON BROOKES died in hospital on TUESDAY morning, ENTERTAINMENT.IE reports. BROOKES had been diagnosed with a brain tumor after collapsing on stage in PHILADELPHIA in 2010. He had undergone several operations since then, but although he did show signs of recovery, his health declined in recent weeks.
CHARLATANS singer TIM BURGESS confirmed the news by tweeting: "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 on the band's official website stated that "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."