Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963, passed away earlier today in a London hospital.
Watts, considered one of the greatest drummers of his generation, helped the Rolling Stones become a pioneering group in rock ‘n’ roll.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” a statement said. It said he was a “cherished husband and grandfather.”
Tributes have started flooding in, including a post from Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr:
“God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family Ringo,” the tweet read.
The news hits only weeks after it was said Watts would not take part in the band’s US tour dates from an unspecified medical condition.
He was treated for throat cancer in 2004 and is survived by his wife Shirley , daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte.
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