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Jon Brookes Obituary

Jon Brookes, drummer for The Charlatans (AP Photo / PA, Myung Jung Kim)
Jon Brookes, drummer for The Charlatans (AP Photo / PA, Myung Jung Kim)
LONDON (AP) — Jon Brookes, drummer with British indie rock band The Charlatans UK, has died. He was 44 and had been treated for brain cancer.

The band said on its website that Brooks died in a hospital Tuesday.

Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was "torn apart" by Brookes' death.

Brookes was a founding member of the band, which drew on funk, rock and psychedelia and came to be associated with the early 1990s "Madchester" scene. The multiple British hits of The Charlatans UK include "The Only One I Know" and "Can't Get Out of Bed."

Brookes was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010 after collapsing onstage during a concert in Philadelphia. He had been working on new material with The Charlatans UK this summer.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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