Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at age 80

music news 25/08/2021

Sad news to come out today that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at age 80.

Rolling Stones shared the news to their Facebook, releasing a statement from Watts' spokesperson that read:

 

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.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Watts would miss the Stones' upcoming US tour as he was recovering from an unspecified medical condition.

Tributes have poured in from fellow musicians - including Ringo Starr, Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney and more - paying their respects to Watts, celebrating the life of one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Charlies Life in Photos

Charlie Watts photographed in 1976.

Charlie Watts photographed backstage in 1964.

Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of rock band The Rolling Stones at Heathrow Airport upon their return from the States on Dec. 8, 1969.

Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones photographed in London on Jan. 17, 1964.

Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of rock band The Rolling Stones at Heathrow Airport upon their return from the States on Dec. 8, 1969.

Polaroid image of Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones posed on an airplane circa 1975.

The Rolling Stones photographed on Oct. 25, 2017 in Paris.

Charles Robert Watts aged 2 with his mother Lillian and father Charles in Piccadilly Circus in 1943.

Charlie Watts photographed in London circa 2005.