Jon Brookes, the drummer and a founding member of British band, The Charlatans, died this week in the UK. He was 44.
Jon had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010 after collapsing onstage in Philadelphia, and in the last three years had several operations to combat the growth.
He was working on new material with the band this Summer, though last month the group let it be known Jon had undergone another surgery.
"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."
Jon helped form the band in 1989, and The Charlatans have enjoyed success in the 24 years since with hits like One to Another and How High.
While we can hardly imagine how much Jon will be missed, we LOVE that he was able to do what he loved — make music — for over half his life. A truly AH-mazing achievement.
We send his family and his bandmates our support and best wishes during this trying time.
[Image via WENN.]