Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80
He was considered one of the greatest drummers of all time.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80.
The English musician joined the rockers in 1963 and was the only Rolling Stones member other than singer Mick Jagger or guitarist Keith Richards to have been featured on all of the group's studio albums.
His publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed the news of his passing in a statement to the PA news agency.
It said: “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."
In a 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, Watts was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, joining Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich and other legends.
In 2016, he was ranked 12th on music magazine Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list.