His spokesperson broke the news in a statement shared via the band’s social media handles on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Watts breathed his last in the early hours of the day at a London hospital while he was surrounded by his family.
“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,” it read.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
“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.”
Watts was one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones alongside Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.
The group had met in 1962 at a music event in London and formally established the band in 1963.
Since then, Watts has dazzled the music world with his unique drumming skills which made many describe him as one of the greatest drummers of his generation.
His demise comes weeks after it was revealed that the ace drummer would miss the band’s US tour dates so as to recover from an undisclosed health issue.
In 2004, he was diagnosed with throat cancer but recovered after undergoing a radiotherapy course.
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