THE ROLLING STONES drummer Charlie Watts has passed away at the age of 80.
Watts‘s death was confirmed by his publicist Bernard Doherty, who said in a statement: “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. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Watts had previously announced he would not tour with the STONES in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.
Although Watts wasn’t a founding member of THE STONES, he had been with the band since January 1963.