Charlie Watts death: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards share tributes to late Rolling Stones bandmate

Legendary drummer’s death was confirmed yesterday (24 August)

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 25 August 2021 11:14
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have paid tribute to The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his death at the age of 80.

It was announced yesterday that Watts had died “peacefully” in a London hospital, surrounded by his family.

The legendary drummer’s death comes just weeks after The Rolling Stones announced that Watts would miss a number of US tour dates as he recovered from an unspecified medical procedure.

On Twitter and Instagram, the Stones’ lead singer Jagger shared a photograph of his late bandmate smiling while sitting behind a drum kit.

The tribute has received more than 264,000 likes on the social media platform at the time of writing.

Richards, the band’s guitarist, shared a picture of a photo of drums adorned with a “closed” sign.

Since news of Watts’ death was announced, tributes have also poured in from others in the music industry.

Elton John wrote: “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.”

Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Ringo Star and Robbie Robertson were among the others to voice their admiration for the late drummer.

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