EXPIRED: 09/01/09 – Jake Brockman, 53, former keyboard player w/ Echo and the Bunnymen slammed his motorbike into an ambulance on the Isle of Man.
He graduated from touring member to fulltime member of the band in 1989, the same year drummer Pete De Freitas died in a similar crash.
His bandmates paid tribute to Brockman on their official website, Bunnymen.com, writing: “Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.”
As well as playing with Echo And The Bunnymen, Brockman was half of dance duo BOM alongside Spiritualized’s Damon Reece. He was also a sound engineer for the BBC, travelling the world recording the sounds of wildlife
His wife Sally Mundy said: “Jake was always a classic bike enthusiast. He loved sailing, though he was invariably seasick. Music was central to Jake’s life.”
Echo’s new album, ‘Fountains’, is set for release on October 12, and will feature Brockman’s music.