Tributes flow after death of Rolling Stones member

The Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts has died aged 80.

The legendary drummer was a member of one of the biggest and most popular bands in the world for more than half a century.

A statement from the band and Watts’ spokesperson reads: “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 a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation."

Watts had generally been healthy throughout his entire career with the Stones. He was stricken with throat cancer in 2004 but successfully recovered.

Many musicians who had performed with Watts over the years were quick to post their memories of him on Twitter.

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RIP Charlie Watts ... such a great drummer.

One of Rock's greatest!  RIP


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