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Jon Brookes, 44, drummer for British band the Charlatans

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In this Nov. 11, 2001 file photo Jon Brookes, the drummer of the British band, The Charlatans. Jon Brookes, drummer with British indie rock band The Charlatans, 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, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Myung Jung Kim) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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Updated: September 17, 2013 8:12AM



LONDON — Jon Brookes, drummer with British indie rock band the Charlatans, has died. He was 44 and had been treated for brain cancer.

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

Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was “torn apart” by Mr. Brookes’ death.

Mr. 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 Charlatans’ multiple British hits include “The Only One I Know” and “Can’t Get Out of Bed.”

Mr. 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 this summer.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

AP



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