Charlie Watts, drummer for the British band Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 80, the late music’s manager, Bernard Doherty, announced on Tuesday.
The prominent member of the Rolling Band recently underwent surgery, which caused him to withdraw from the band’s scheduled tour in the United States. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital this morning, surrounded by his family,” Doherty said in a statement to the media.
“Charlie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” the statement added, while calling for the privacy of family and friends to be respected at this “difficult moment.”
The British band is scheduled to resume its tour in the United States next September, after it was postponed last year due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
The band announced in early August that Steve Jordan would temporarily replace Watts on the US tour.