Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones, is dead at 80.
Watts’ publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed the news on Tuesday.
The English drummer stepped down from his role in August 2021 following an undisclosed medical procedure, just before the band was scheduled to re-launch a tour postponed by the pandemic. Steve Jordan, drummer of Keith Richards’ group the X-Pensive Winos, was chosen to replace him for The Stones’ upcoming show dates.
A spokesperson for the band released a statement on Tuesday afternoon: “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.”
“We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respects at this difficult time.”