Charlie Watts, widely regarded as one of the coolest men in rock during his nearly 60 years as a drummer with the Rolling Stones, has died peacefully, surrounded by his family in a London hospital at the age of 80, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.
A member of one the world’s most famous and iconic bands – Watts and the early lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman were at the forefront of rock’s British invasion of America in the 1960s… the Stones breaking records with multi-million-dollar grossing global tours that continue to this day.
Fellow rock superstar Paul McCartney in a video posted to social media called Watts’ death a ‘huge blow’ to the Stones.
Elton John wrote (quote): “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”
And Sheryl Crow said: “A hero is gone. No words. A huge gaping hole in the universe.”
Watts recently pulled out of a 13-date U.S. tour with the Stones planned for September after undergoing an emergency procedure.
He had played drums on all of the Rolling Stone’s 30 albums and on every one of their tours.