Tuesday, August 13, 2013

RIP Jon Brookes

from the Charlatans Facebook page  

"It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jon Brookes, the drummer with The Charlatans, died this morning aged 44.

Following a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010, Jon had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and had undergone several operations, although he had been working on new material with the band over the summer.. He passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside.

Jon was a founding member of The Charlatans, who formed in the West Midlands in 1989. He was much loved by those who knew him and regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

“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.” - The Charlatans

tributes have poured in, including those from DUMB
RIP Jon Brookes. We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for you. There are many memories, parties and pep talks on the side of busy motorways that we will hold dearly forever and always. Manager, Friend and a True Inspiration, we love you xxx

Real sad to hear about the passing of Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes. A great drummer and a lovely bloke. The twang.x

R.I.P Jon Brookes, a great drummer, and a great supporter of midlands music xx

and many others.

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