Today Charlie Watts, historic drummer of The Rolling Stones, passed away at the age of 80.
According to his own representative, Bernard Doherty, the death occurred during this day in London, days after announcing his marginalization from the band’s last tour due to medical problems
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital today, surrounded by his family, ”he said.
“Today one of the best drummers of his generation dies, ” he added.
“We kindly request that the privacy of his family, members of the band, and close friends be respected at this difficult time,” ends the text, which was also shared on the group’s official social networks.
He had undergone an operation after doctors observed a “problem” during a routine checkup, forcing his withdrawal from the Rolling Stones’ planned US tour. A cause of death for the Rolling Stones drummer has not yet been confirmed.
Watts himself had announced that he would not be touring with the band in 2021 due to a health problem.
So far neither The Rolling Stones nor the drummer’s relatives have specified the cause of his death.
“Charlie underwent a procedure that was completely successful, but his doctors concluded this week that he now needs adequate rest and recovery,” the statement said.
An announced retirement
Earlier this month, The Rolling Stones announced that they would not be counting on their legendary drummer on their return to the stage: the “No Filter” tour. All this, as a result of a successful “medical procedure” that entailed a few weeks of recovery.
“Today I have accepted, following the advice of the experts, that this will take a while. For once, my times have been a bit out of place, “ said Watts in a statement where he argued his absence after more than 60 years in command of the drumsticks.
In the same text, they specified that Steve Jordan, a well-known collaborator of guitarist Keith Richards and friend of Watts, would replace him at live shows.
After an uninterrupted stay at The Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts was considered one of the most important drummers of his generation and in rock history.
With jazz and traditional music studies, the young musician was the perfect complement to the incombustible Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the group’s main songwriters, from whose “rockstar” auras he stood out on more than one occasion.
His sober, dry style, but also forceful and rhythmic, earned him a sonic stamp that set him apart from his colleagues until the last days of life.
Along with Jagger and Richards, Watts was one of the oldest members of The Rolling Stones, where Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, and Bill Wyman have also participated.
In 2004, Watts was treated at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital for throat cancer, from which he recovered after a four-month battle with the disease, including six weeks of intensive radiation therapy.
“Charlie was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Doherty said today.