Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer since the band’s inception, has died according to an announcement shared on the Stones official Twitter account.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. 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. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
The news comes after Watts underwent an undisclosed medical procedure earlier this month. Charlie had said he would not be behind the kit for when The Rolling Stones begin their “No Filters” tour on September 26 in St Louis and he wished for Steve Jordan to take his place. A veteran drummer himself, Steve Jordan is very familiar with The Rolling Stones songs. He has toured extensively with Keith Richards.
Charlie is survived by his wife Shirley of 57 years. He will be missed by all.