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TRIBUTES were paid today to Echo and the Bunnymen keyboard player Jake Brockman who died in a motorcycle accident on the Isle of Man.
Mr Brockman, 53, joined the cult Liverpool band as a full-time member in 1989 after touring with them during the 80s and playing on their 1987 Echo and the Bunnymen album.
Known to fans as the "Fifth Bunnyman"’ he lived in Bristol and was married.
Mr Brockman died on Tuesday evening while riding along the Kirk Michael to Ballaugh Road after apparently colliding with a converted ambulance.
Born in Borneo and trained at the Old Vic Theatre School Mr Brockman also worked as a BBC sound recordist and was active with the Bunnymen up until his death.
Their new album Fountains, due out next month, will feature his music.
His fellow Bunnymen paid tribute to him on their website saying: "Jake Drake Brockman. Our thoughts are with his wife, family & friends. Love Ian, Will, Les, Peasy, Pete, Peter & all his fans."
In a statement 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."
The Bunymen's original drummer Pete De Freitas died in a similar accident in 1989.