PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Charlie Watts performs with The A,B,C,D of Boogie Woogie at Le New Morning on October 2, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns).
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has passed peacefully at 80. 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.”
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
While no cause of death has been confirmed, Watts recently had to drop out of the band’s upcoming tour to recover from a medical procedure.