Charlie Watts has passed away at the age of 80. The sad news was confirmed by his agent.
Watts, who formed part of one of the world’s most iconic rock bands died on Tuesday.
"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," publicist Bernard Doherty said in a statement.
The news came as a shock to the band’s loyal fans as it was only recently announced that Watts won’t be participating in the band’s upcoming tour due to him undergoing a medical procedure.
Described as one of the best drummers of his generation, tributes have been pouring in for Watts.
While his fellow bandmates Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood posted photos of their former bandmate, Elton John tweeted the following:
“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.”
Watch the CNN video below for a look at what Charlie Watts has achieved during his role as the drummer of The Rolling Stones.
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