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Fifth Bunnyman friend's tribute

Jake Brockman
The former keyboard player died on Tuesday in the Isle of Man

Friends of former Echo and the Bunnymen member Jake Brockman have been "knocked off their feet" by his death, it has been claimed.

The 53-year-old, who lived in Bristol, died after a collision between his BSA motorcycle and a converted ambulance during a trip to the Isle of Man.

Mr Brockman was a classic motorcycle enthusiast and was friends with Ben Part, who runs a biking magazine.

He said the keyboard player was "happy-go-lucky and always grinning".

Known to fans as the "Fifth Bunnyman", the keyboard player had been associated with the band since its 1980s heyday and became a full-time member in 1989.

In 1989 the band's first drummer, Pete De Freitas, died in a similar crash.

'No mourning'

Mr Part, who co-owns Sideburn magazine, attracted comments to his blog from around the world after news of his friend's death emerged.

"[There were] really touching things from people who did actually know him that have somehow, I think through google, found the blog then left a comment," he said.

"But also people who knew who Echo and the Bunnymen were and just listened to it in their youth and are shocked.

"It seems a bit spooky maybe that Pete De Freitas, their original drummer, was actually killed 20 years ago riding his Ducati on the way up to Liverpool and now another one has succumbed to motorcycling.

"He [Mr Brockman] wouldn't want anyone to be in mourning, although everyone is knocked off their feet by what has happened."

Mr Brockman formed the dance band BOM with Bristol-based musician Damon Reece and also worked as a sound recordist for the BBC's natural history unit.

He was was riding along the Kirk Michael to Ballaugh Road on Tuesday evening when the accident happened.

Mr Brockman was taken to Noble's Hospital but died from his injuries a few hours later.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.



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