Jon Brookes passes away aged 44

Charlatans drummer dies aged 44
Charlatans drummer dies aged 44 (Image credit: Robb Cohen/Retna Ltd/Corbis)

Rhythm is saddened to report that Jon Brookes has passed away.

The Charlatans drummer suffered a seizure back in 2010 while on tour with the indie band and had suffered a brain tumour. He died in hospital this morning [13 August]. He was 44 years old.

Tributes are quickly flowing in, with the band paying its own respects in a statement which 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."

The Rhythm team's thoughts go out to Jon's friends, family and bandmates.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).