The legendary Rolling Stones musician and drummer Charlie Watt has passed away. His spokesman announced the 80-year-old artist’s death in London on Tuesday morning. Charlie whose skillful, powerful skin work inspired the band the Rolling Stones for more than half a century is no longer with us but he will remain in hearts with his works. The cause of death has not been given.
Watts’ spokesperson and the band said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully today in a London hospital surrounded by his family. Charlie is a cherished Husband, father and grandfather and member of Rolling Stones who was one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We request you to respect the privacy of his family, band members and close friends during this difficult time “
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
On August 4, Watts reportedly withdrew from the Rolling Stones’ upcoming pandemic-postponed US tour, saying he needed some time to recover from an unspecified but “successful” recent medical procedure. Although Charlie’s spokesperson noted that he has had a procedure that was a complete success, he gathered his doctors this week and concluded that he now needed proper rest and recovery. Some unconfirmed reports also state that he had undergone heart surgery. Following Watt’s return from touring, drummer Steve Jordan, a longtime collaborator of Stones guitarist Keith Richards, was filling in for the tour.
However, the Rolling Stones’ last public appearance with Watts on drums was a broadcast in April 2020, a filmed appearance for “One World: Together at Home”, for which Watts looked generally satisfied.
played “Air Drums” on a previously recorded track on a new version of ‘You can’t always get what you want.’ In his last moments, Watts was with his wife and daughter, Seraphina.
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