Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Passes Away At The Age Of 80

Charlie Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 due to an undefined health issue. It was then reported that the rocker needed to recuperate following a medical procedure.

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Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Passes Away At The Age Of 80
Popular Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away earlier today, his publicist has said. The musician had marked his 80th birthday in June. A statement from his London publicist said: “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.”

Watts had been a member of the rock group since 1963. He had joined the Stones early in 1963, and remained over the next 60 years. Through these years, he ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest lasting and most essential member.

He had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 due to an undefined health issue. It was then reported that the rocker needed to recuperate following a medical procedure. Charlie's spokesperson also confirmed the operation had been successful, but added the star needed time to recover.


Watts has then said: "For once my timing has been a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted the advice of the experts that this will take a while."



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