Rolling Stones drummer: Charlie Watts died in London

Rolling Stones drummer
Charlie Watts died in London

Charlie Watts was 80 years old.

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The Rolling Stones mourn their drummer Charlie Watts. The 80-year-old died in London with his family.

The music world mourns the loss of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (1941-2021, “Satisfaction”). According to media reports, the British artist died on Tuesday (August 24) at the age of 80 in his hometown of London.

Like among other things the British BBC reports, a spokesman confirmed the death of the music legend. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” says a statement. Watts “died peacefully today in a London hospital with his family” and was “an esteemed husband, father and grandfather and, as a member of the Rolling Stones, also one of the greatest drummers of his generation”. The spokesman also asked that the privacy of “family, band members and close friends during this difficult time” be respected.

At the beginning of August, Charlie Watts canceled participation in the upcoming tour

It was only at the beginning of August that the Rolling Stones around front man Mick Jagger (78) including on Twitter announced that Charlie Watts will not be part of the upcoming “No Filter” US tour this fall for health reasons. A spokesman for the drummer commented in the official statement on the reasons for his failure: “Charlie had one [medizinischen] Procedure that was completely successful, but his doctors decided this week that he now needs to rest and recover properly. With rehearsals starting in a few weeks, it’s very sad to say that, but it must also be admitted that no one saw it coming. “

Watts himself also had a say in the statement. “For the first time my timing is a little wrong. I’m working hard to get completely fit again, but today, on the advice of the experts, I realized that it will take a while. After so many fans suffered due to the Covid situation.” I don’t want to disappoint the fans who have tickets for this tour by postponing or canceling them, “wrote the musician a good three weeks ago.

He had been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963

Jazz lover Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones in 1963, one year after the band was founded. At that time the formation already consisted of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (77) and Brian Jones (1942-1969). 1989 Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his bandmates.