Passing of rock icon
Rolling Stones drummer Watts dies, aged 80
Charlie Watts, seen watching the Scotland v England cricket match in Edinburgh in June 2018 (pic: Terry Murden)
The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died just days after pulling out of the legendary band’s latest tour. He was 80.
Watts, who joined the the group in January 1963, featured alongside fellow founder members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on every one of the band’s studio albums.
His agent Bernard Doherty, said in a statement this evening: “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 was due to tour the US with the band later this year. But it was announced earlier this month he would not feature due to a recent emergency surgery for an undisclosed condition.