Published Sep 04, 2009Former keyboard player for Echo and the Bunnymen, Jake Brockman, has died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 53.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Man police force confirmed that Brockman was killed Tuesday (September 1) when his motorbike struck an ambulance near the town of Kirk Michael, according to the BBC.
In 1989, Echo and the Bunnyman's first drummer, Pete De Freitas, died in a very similar crash.
Sometimes known as the "fifth Bunnyman," Brockman started as a part-time member during the band's '80s heyday and was promoted to a full-time member in 1989. He stopped playing with the band when it originally disbanded in 1992 and was not a member when the band reformed in 1994. Brockman had not been a significant part of the band's many incarnations since that time.
Brockman also formed the dance band BOM with Bristol-based musician Damon Reece. In addition to that, he worked on a number of projects as a sound recordist for the BBC's natural history unit.
The main page of the official Echo and the Bunnymen website now features a picture of Brockman above a dedication that reads, "Our thoughts are with his wife, family, and friends."