Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died according to his publicist. The drummer had been part of the world famous band since 1963. A statement from his London publicist Bernard Doherty to the PA news agency said: ‘It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.
“He died peacefully in a London hospital earlier today, surrounded by his family.
“Charlie was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.
“We kindly ask that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends be respected during this difficult time.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Watts would be missing the band’s upcoming US tour.
In 2004 Watts was treated for throat cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
He was given the green light after a four-month battle, involving six weeks of intensive radiotherapy treatment.
After their recovery, the band began work on their 22nd studio album, A Bigger Bang.
Watts, who reportedly quit smoking in the 1980s, said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine at the time that he felt “very lucky” that doctors caught the cancer in time for him. can fully recover.
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Sheryl Crow tweeted: “A hero is gone. No words. A huge gaping hole in the universe. TEAR charlie watt.”
Piers Morgan said: “A brilliant musician and wonderful character, he was the cool, calm, ever-throbbing heartbeat of the Stones. Very sad news.”
Elton John said: “A very sad day. charlie watt was the ultimate drummer. The most elegant of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course the Rolling Stones.”
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tweeted: “#God bless charlie watt we will miss you man peace and love for the family.”