Rolling Stones' Drummer Charlie Watts is Dead at 80: Learn the Exclusive Details Here!
Drummer Charlie Watts, whose prowess and elegance made 'Rolling Stone' one of the greatest bands in the world, has sadly passed away at 80. Spokesperson Bernard Doherty, in a statement, said, "It is with sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts." No cause of death was cited in the statement.
The statement further revealed that Watts passed away peacefully at a hospital in London on 24 August 2021. "Charlie was a cherished husband, grandfather, and also a member of Rolling stones, and one of the greatest drummers of his generation," read the statement.
Watts was one of the longest-serving members of the band. Photo Source: The Guardian
Charles Robert Watts was born on 2 June 1941 in London, England. Originally a graphic artist, Watts took up drumming heavily influenced by jazz. He had joined the English band 'Incorporated' as an aspiring musician. In 1963, Watts left the band to join the rock band 'Rolling Stones'. He was one of the band's longest-serving members.
Often ranked with his contemporaries, Keith Moon and Ginger Baker, Watts had left Rolling Stones on August 4 of this year. The late drummer cited, he needed to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. Charlie's death has come just weeks before the band's long-postponed U.S Tour. Drummer Steve Jordan is reportedly filling his spot on tour.
Watts has left behind his wife, their daughter, and a grandchild. Photo Source: CNBC
Several took to social media to pay tribute to the late drummer. The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, and Sir Elton John bid Watts an emotional adieu. "A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men and such brilliant company," wrote Sir Elton on Twitter.
Watts has left behind his wife of 57 years, Shirley Ann Shepherd. The duo had one daughter, Seraphina, who gave birth to Charlotte, Watt's only grandchild. Despite the bait of fame and life in the limelight, Watts and his wife opted to live a quiet life.
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