Had been working on new material with the band right up until his death.
By Fred Mills
The age of 44 is a brutally young age for any person’s death, and while the music world can sometimes become somewhat numbed to the passing of rockers, felled by drugs, car crashes, booze-related incidents and the like, the news of British drummer Jon Brookes, of the Charlatans, dying today from a brain tumor still hit hard. He’d collapsed onstage in 2010, experiencing a seizure, and subsequently had been undergoing treatment; and according to the BBC he’d also been working with his bandmates on new material recently; but he passed this morning in a London hospital with his wife present.
The BBC additionally notes that Tim Burgess of the band tweeted that they were “torn apart”:
“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 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.”