Charlatans Drummer Jon Brookes Passes Away

The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes passed away today, three years after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Brookes discovered he was suffering from a brain tumor in 2010 when he had a seizure and collapsed onstage during a concert. He had been receiving treatment and faced several operations.

Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted, "Jon Brookes, my friend, our drummer and inspiration to so many, passed away this morning. We are torn apart. Love and thoughts to Jon's family."

A further statement from the band read, "Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many."

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