Crowded House drummer dies

Crowded House drummer Peter Jones has died of brain cancer, reports say.

The drummer succumbed to a battle with brain cancer on Friday, the Herald Sun reported.

Crowded House paid tribute to him on its website.

"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."

Tributes for the former schoolteacher have also begun flooding in on social media sites.

British-born Jones replaced Paul Hester after he left the band in 1994.

Hester, who had depression, took his own life in 2005.

Hits by Crowded House, led by New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn, include Don't Dream It's Over, Something So Strong and Fall at Your Feet.