Jon Brookes was a founding member of The Charlatans and has been an integral part of the band since their formation in 1988. Starting the group with bassist Martin Blunt and former singer/guitarist Baz Ketley, it wasn't until 1989 that Tim Burgess joined, creating the line-up most fans recognise.

Jon was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 after collapsing on stage. In the years following his diagnosis Jon was treated for cancer but sadly passed away earlier today.

Tributes have already flooded in to commemorate Jon's contribution to the mid 90s Mancunian music scene, with the band releasing a statement this morning saying "...losing someone who was so full of life is a tragedy" and XFM beginning the hashtag #MyBeautifulFriend.