The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80.
His London publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed the news in a statement provided to the PA news agency today (August 24).
Watts played in The Rolling Stones from 1963. He was the only member of the legendary British rock band alongside Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to have been featured on all of their studio albums to date.
Earlier this month members of the band showed their support Watts after he pulled out of their upcoming US tour to “rest and recuperate” following a medical procedure.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
A statement from his spokesperson reads: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.
“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
It added that he was “a cherished husband, father and grandfather” and “one of the greatest drummers of his generation”.
The statement continued: “We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Watts’ cause of death is not known at this stage. He was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004.
Tributes have started to pour in for Watts, including from The Kinks‘ Dave Davies. “In total shock Charlie Watts was a lovely guy. He will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathy to his wife, the band and all his family and friends,” he wrote on Twitter.
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) August 24, 2021
Nile Rodgers wrote: “Rest In Power #CharlieWatts RIP. You are a smooth brother. Thanks for all the great music.”
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) August 24, 2021
TV host Piers Morgan wrote that Watts was “one of the greatest drummers in rock history”. He added that he was a “brilliant musician and a wonderful character, he was the cool, calm, ever-pounding heartbeat of the Stones. Very sad news.”
BREAKING NEWS: Rolling Stones superstar Charlie Watts, one of the greatest drummers in rock history, has died aged 80.
A brilliant musician and a wonderful character, he was the cool, calm, ever-pounding heartbeat of the Stones. Very sad news. pic.twitter.com/1ZMVndo9bn
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