Charlie Watts, the drummer for the legendary and influential rock band The Rolling Stones, has died at age 80. The news was confirmed by a statement from his spokesperson 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 today surrounded by his family,” the statement reads.
“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 in this difficult time.”
As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced.
Previous Cancer Diagnosis
Watts was previously diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004. After treatment it went into remission, and he went back out on a world tour with the Stones.
The news comes just weeks after it was announced that Watts would not play the Stones’ upcoming U.S. tour dates, in order to recover from a medical procedure. Though unspecified, it was “successful.” This would have been the first time Watts had ever missed a tour.
“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” said a spokesperson at the time. “With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming.”
Watts joked in a statement, “For once my timing has been a little off.”
His last live concert with the Stones was in Miami on August 30, 2019. He also occasionally toured with his own band, the Charlie Watts Quintet.