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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at 80

Members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood.
Members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for photos from their plan at Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba, on March 24, 2016. Watts has died at age 80, his family announced.
Ramon Espinosa, Associated Press

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died. He was 80.

Watts — the drummer for one of the most iconic bands in rock music history — died surrounded by his family.

  • “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” Bernard Doherty said in a statement, according to NBC News.
  • “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,” Doherty said.

Social media reacted to Watts’ passing, praising the rock legend for his work with the Rolling Stones.

Watts withdrew from a Rolling Stones U.S. tour in 2021, which was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. Per Variety, Watts said he needed to recover from a recent medical procedure.

  • “Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation. With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming,” a spokesperson said at the time, according to Variety.

Watts had suffered from throat cancer since 2004, but had recovered. He battled substance abuse in the 1980s as well.