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    Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:15:06

    The Charlatans' Drummer Jon Brookes Dead at 44 - He had brain cancer

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    Jon Brookes, drummer of English alt rock band The Charlatans, has died. He had been locked in a long battle with brain cancer. Brookes was just 44 when he passed. So sad.

    Brookes died on Tuesday, August 13. He endured three years of treatment and several surgeries.

    The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess posted the sad news on social media, writing: "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 collective band statement 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... all of Jon's family."

    The drummer was diagnosed with his condition in 2010 after suffering a seizure and collapsing on stage during a show in Philly.

    The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury replaced Brookes in the live realm while he received treatment and care.

    The band is no stranger to tragic loss, as keyboard player Rob Collins was killed in a car crash while the band was recording its fifth album Tellin' Stories back in 1996.

    R.I.P., Jon Brookes.

    Will you check out The Charlatans –for the first time or again—in light of this news?

    —Carly Costello

    Photo Credit: Roger Sargant

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