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.
We're so saddened to hear that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80.— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) August 24, 2021
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
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Charlie Watts, legendary drummer for the @RollingStones and Rock N' Roll Hall Of Famer has died at the age of 80.— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) August 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and bandmates. https://t.co/3FCUfSxKZ7
My favorite Charlie Watts performances:— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) August 24, 2021
— "Moonlight Mile" (sounds like a symphony)
— "Monkey Man" (ultimate swing)
— "Shattered" (feral energy)
— "Street Fighting Man" (a go to "only Charlie can play this" track)
— "Midnight Rambler" from GET YER YA-YAs OUT (pure killer energy)
RIP Charlie Watts. Nobody better.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) August 24, 2021
- “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.