Legendary drummer and Rolling Stones member Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80 years old. It’s understood that Watts, who had been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963, died peacefully in hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.
Following his death, London publicist Bernard Doherty made the following statement to PA news agency, “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.”
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of The Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”
Fellow drummer and Beatles band member Ringo Starr paid tribute to Watts on Twitter, accompanied by a photograph of the two of them; “God bless Charlie Watts, we’re going to miss you man, peace and love to the family, Ringo.”
Many fellow musicians paid tribute to the death of Watts including Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, Elton John, Nile Rodgers, Sheryl Crow, Tom Morello and Bootsy Collins.
It’s understood that Watts was unavailable for the resumption of the No Filter tour as he had recovered from an unspecified medical procedure.
Watts stated at the time, “For once my timing has been a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while.”
The band’s Stateside tour, which was postponed due to the pandemic, is due to resume in September, with session musician Steve Jordan filling in for drums.
A statement from Bernard Doherty has asked that people respect the privacy of Watts’ family and close friends during this difficult time.