LEGENDARY Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has passed away at the age of 80.
The Rolling Stones stalwart died just weeks after having an emergency operation.
Who is Charlie Watts?
Charlie Watts rose to fame when he joined the Rolling Stones in 1963.
He also designed the band’s record sleeves and tour stages.
In 2006 he was elected into the Modern Drummer hall of fame.
Charlie was regarded as one of the greatest drummers in rock history.
The beat maker helped propel The Rolling Stones to fame, and has been a stalwart in the band since they first broke through in 1963.
Charlie was born in London on June 2, 1941.
He is survived by his wife Shirley – who he married in 1964 – and their one child, Seraphina.
The couple lived in Devon and ran a stud farm.
What was his cause of death?
Watts’ publicist announced that the rock legend had passed away, but the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
In August 2021, Watts underwent a procedure for an unspecified medical issue which meant he was forced to miss part of the classic band’s US tour. Watts was replaced by Steve Jordan.
At the time, bandmate Ronnie Wood insisted the planned shows would go on with or without Watts.
Charlie’s publicist confirmed the rock and roll legend died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.
His 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.”