Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80, according to his London publicist Bernard Doherty.
The drummer, who was born in London, joined the fledgling band in 1963 and played on all of the band’s studio albums.
Watts, who underwent surgery recently, ‘passed peacefully surrounded by his family,’ according to a statement released today.
Watts had to cancel the band’s next US tour to recover from surgery.
After Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones, died at the age of 80, celebrities such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr paid tribute to him.
The drummer, who was born in London, died on Tuesday, according to a statement, and he ‘went away quietly in hospital surrounded by his family.’
Elton, 74, penned a touching note to Charlie on Instagram, which was accompanied by a throwback photo of the two in the 1970s, calling him “the finest drummer.”
After the passing of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts at the age of 80, celebrities such as Elton John, Bryan Adams, and Ringo Starr of the Beatles have paid respect to him (Charlie pictured in 2017)
‘It’s a sad day,’ he wrote. Charlie Watts was unquestionably the greatest drummer of all time. He’s one of the most stylish men I’ve ever met, and he’s in such good company. Shirley, Seraphina, and Charlotte have my heartfelt sympathies. The Rolling Stones, of course.”
Ringo, 81, also shared a touching photo of the two comparing drumsticks, writing: ‘God bless Charlie Watts, we’ll miss you man, peace and love to the family Ringo.’
‘RIP Charlie Watts, one of the best rock drummers of all time and a true guy,’ commented Canadian artist Bryan Adams. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the rest of the band.
Actor Ben Stiller, as well as Nile Rodgers, expressed his sympathies on social media, writing: ‘You are a smooth brother.’ Thank you for all of the wonderful songs.’