Charlie Watts died on Tuesday 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 appeared on all of the band’s studio recordings.
Watts, who underwent surgery recently, ‘passed peacefully surrounded by his family,’ according to a statement released today.
Watts had to cancel the band’s planned US tour for later this year in order to recover from surgery.
Mick Jagger, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr were among the celebrities who paid respect to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his passing at the age of 80.
The drummer, who was born in London, died on Tuesday, according to a statement, after ‘passing away quietly in hospital surrounded by his family.’
Mick, 78, of the Rolling Stones, posted a touching photo of a happy Charlie on Twitter and Instagram with no caption, while bandmate Keith Richards uploaded a Twitter snap of the Rolling Stones’ drum equipment with a ‘closed’ sign hanging from it.
Elton, 74, wrote an emotional note to Charlie on Instagram, accompanied by a vintage photo of the two in the 1970s, calling him “the finest drummer.”
‘A really sad day,’ he wrote. Charlie Watts was the king of the drum kit. He’s one of the most stylish men I’ve ever met, and he’s in great company. Shirley, Seraphina, and Charlotte, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. 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.’