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.
A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 24, 2021
@therollingstones #CharlieWatts #RIP pic.twitter.com/9rjSSgioZL
In 2020 I painted his portrait as part of a series on my musician friends.?— Joan Baez (@joancbaez) August 24, 2021
A prince among thieves.?
A gentleman through and through.?
Rest in Peace. ?? pic.twitter.com/WO2H3ArDDo
We are extremely saddened to hear the passing of the legendary Charlie Watts. Our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and The Rolling Stones. Sincerely, from the guys in Aerosmith you’ve given us all so much! RIP CHARLIE.— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) August 24, 2021
Photo by: Ron Pownall pic.twitter.com/18bAkjhVbG
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