Rolling Stones legend Charlie Watts smiles in poignant final picture at charity event before he died aged 80

ROLLING Stones legend Charlie Watts smiles alongside his wife and dog in the one of the last photos taken before his death.

The drummer, regarded as one of the greatest of all time, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family today.


Stones drummer Charlie Watts with wife Shirley in one of the final photos before his death

The poignant final picture shows Watts, dressed in a beige suit and black loafers, next to his wife of 57 years Shirley, as they adopt a rescued greyhound from the charity Forever Hounds Trust.

It was taken at a charity event in May 2020 and the couple beamed as they welcomed five-year-old Suzie into their lives after years of racing.

Watts died aged 80 just weeks after pulling out of the legendary rock band’s US tour following an emergency operation.

The unspecified procedure was deemed “successful” but doctors ruled he should not take part in the rescheduled 13-date No Filter tour which starts next month, The Sun revealed.

Instead they prescribed weeks of “rest and recuperation”.

The musician declared at the time he was “working hard to get fully fit”, but today his publicist confirmed his death.

Bernard Doherty 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.”

He is survived by wife Shirley, their daughter Seraphina, born in 1968, and granddaughter Charlotte, born in 1996.

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Tributes have poured in for the music legend – one of the longest-standing members of the Stones.

Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr joined Sir Elton John, Bryan Adams and guitarist Nile Rodgers to pay their respects.

Sir Ringo said: “God bless Charlie Watts, we’re going to miss you man, peace and love to the family, Ringo.”

While Sir Elton tweeted: “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”

And Paul Weller, former singer of The Jam, tweeted: “What a man! Top drummer, dresser, gentleman and what a legacy Charlie has left us.”

Kenney Jones, known for his work as a drummer with Small Faces and The Who, called Watts “the ultimate drummer” in a tribute to him.

He told BBC News: “Charlie was a lovely, smart, amazing guy.

“The reason he was such a great drummer was because he had a great feeling about himself and for others. It’s all about feeling, it’s all about emotion – you play your emotion, you play the way you feel.

“For me, he was the ultimate drummer.”

Watts and Shirley adopted a rescued greyhound from the charity Forever Hounds Trust in May 2020


Watts and Shirley adopted a rescued greyhound from the charity Forever Hounds Trust in May 2020
Charlie Watts, wife Shirley and daughter Seraphina in 1990


Charlie Watts, wife Shirley and daughter Seraphina in 1990Credit: Rex
Charlie Watts on playing with the Rolling Stones from a 1986 BBC interview

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