Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died, aged 80. According to an official statement from the band, “he passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today [August 24] surrounded by his family.”
The statement continued: “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.”
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
“A very sad day,” wrote Elton John on Twitter. “Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”
“Charlie’s drumming is powerful and unique,” wrote Robbie Robertson. “His approach is entirely his own and helped shape the sound of rock and roll.”
Fellow drumming legend Ringo Starr wrote simply: “God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man”.
A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 24, 2021
Charlie’s drumming is powerful and unique. His approach is entirely his own and helped shape the sound of rock and roll. Blessings Charlie Watts.
— Robbie Robertson (@r0bbier0berts0n) August 24, 2021
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 24, 2021