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Charlatans drummer treated for brain tumour

The Charlatans, with Jon Brookes far right
Image caption The Charlatans, with Jon Brookes far right, have just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album

Jon Brookes, drummer with indie band The Charlatans, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, the group have said.

The diagnosis comes a week after he collapsed and briefly stopped breathing during a concert in Philadelphia.

The rest of their US tour was cancelled as Brookes was flown to the UK for treatment.

A spokesperson for The Charlatans said: "The band and Jon would like to thank all well wishers for their kind messages of support."

The group are due to start their European tour in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on 5 October.

"The Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes is currently undergoing treatment in the UK for a brain tumour following the postponement of the remaining dates of Charlatans North American tour," the statement said.

"The Charlatans touring schedule remains unaltered whilst the band arrange for a short term replacement."

Earlier this year, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album Some Friendly. They have had 22 UK top 40 hits, including The Only One I Know, Can't Get Out Of Bed and One To Another.

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