Charlie Watts, whose strong but unflashy drumming powered the Rolling Stones for over 50 years, died on Tuesday (August 24) in London. He was 80.
''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," his publicist, Bernard Doherty announced.
"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. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.''
Watts joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963 and played on all 30 of their studio albums. Earlier this month, the Stones announced Watts would be sitting out their upcoming United States tour citing an undisclosed medical issue. Up until then, he hadn’t missed a single performance since joining the band.
Charlie Watt playing “Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones, Miami on August 30, 2019.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the drummer was worth a huge £200million thanks to his successful career.
Charlie fell in love with jazz music from a very young age, which was said to have led him down the road towards a career in music.
His energetic, reserved, dignified and dapper, Mr. Watts was never as flamboyant, either onstage or off, as most of his rock-star peers.