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Crowded House drummer Peter Jones dead at 45

crowded-house-with-peter-jones-on-far-right.jpgCrowded House drummer Peter Jones is our latest loss. The Aussie band confirmed the news on its website: Jones died Friday after a battle with brain cancer. He was just 45 years old.

"We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones," the band said in a statement. "We remember him as a warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends."

Fans of Crowded House, which scored U.S. hits in the '80s with Don't Dream It's Over and Something So Strong, will remember that Jones is actually the second drummer to pass away; Jones replaced Paul Hester, who took his own life in 2005 after battling depression.

Frontman Neil Finn added his thoughts via Twitter: "I am very sad to hear tonight that Peter Jones has died...a great man and a wonderful drummer. RIP Pete."

(Publicity photo of Crowded House; Peter Jones on far right)

[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 9:48am]


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