Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, a legend in the music business who has been hailed as one of the most skilled and impactful drummers in rock music history, has passed away at the age of 80, the Daily Caller reports.
The official cause of Watts’ death has not yet been made public.
“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,” the band and Watts’ publicist announced this week, Variety reported.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” a statement on his death said.
A recent procedure
Earlier this month, as the Rolling Stones prepared to resume a tour that was originally postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the famous drummer was forced to skip the tour, with his publicist telling the public that he needed to recover from an unidentified “successful” medical procedure.
“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” London publicist Bernard Doherty wrote in a statement at the time.
Doherty added: “With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming.”
As Variety noted, there were multiple unconfirmed reports that Watts underwent some type of heart surgery. Watts’ only medical history involves a substance abuse problem from the 1970s and 1980s that he successfully recovered from, along with a throat cancer scare in 2004, which he also managed to beat.
A true rock legend
Watts, who is said to have been key to the Rolling Stones’ wild success in the rock music industry, has been described as the “heart” of the band.
“He was the missing piece in the group’s early lineup, joining in January 1963; with Jagger and Keith Richards, he remained a constant with ‘the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’ on record and on stage for more than 50 years,” Variety noted.
He will certainly be forever remembered for his masterful drum work on hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “We Love You,” and “She’s a Rainbow.”
In the wake of the shocking news of the rocker’s death, social media was filled with tributes from countless fellow musicians, celebrities, and fans who followed the drumming legend for the better part of over six decades.