Charlatans Drummer Dies Aged 44

13 August 2013, 14:56 | Updated: 2 September 2013, 00:03

Jon Brookes Charlatans

Charlatans drummer and co-founder Jon Brookes has died following a three year battle with cancer.

The 44 year old collapsed at a gig in Philidelphia in 2010 and was shortly after diagnosed with having a brain tumour.

Less than a year later he had returned to the band but had continued to recieve treatment including several operations.

In a statement it has been confirmed that 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 brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band," the band said.

"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."