Charlie Watts The Rolling Stones
Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones in the studio after meeting fans on Broadway. 2nd June 1964. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

For music lovers and The Rolling Stones fans, today is a very sad day. The band’s celebrated drummer Charlie Watts has passed away, aged 80. In a statement from the musician’s London publicist, Bernard Doherty, to the PA Media news agency, he said: “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, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

It comes after Watts was to miss the band’s upcoming US tour after he recovered from a mystery medical procedure.

Charlie Watts The Rolling Stones
1964: Rock and roll band “The Rolling Stones” pose for a portrait in 1964. (L-R) Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

It is safe to say that Watts was one of the greatest drummers of all time. His drumming DNA has touched some of The Rolling Stones greatest hits such as “Paint It, Black”, “Start Me Up” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. The English rock band was established in 1962 in London and originally comprised of the legendary Mick Jagger, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and bassist Bill Wyman.

Charlie Watts The Rolling Stones
British musician Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones performs on stage during the band’s ‘Bridges to Babylon’ tour, late 1997 or early 1998. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

There has been an outpouring of tributes to the late drummer on social media. Beatles member, Ringo Starr, wrote, “God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family.” Elton John also honoured the drummer on social media, writing, “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”

Watts’ bandmate Jagger posted a photo of the drummer to social media without a caption. Photos speak a thousand words and this certainly didn’t need one.

Watts was diagnosed in 2004 with throat cancer but later recovered after a course of radiography. Our hearts are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.