LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Charlie Watts, who served as the drummer for the iconic Rolling Stones for six decades, died Tuesday at the age of 80.
The band confirmed in a statement that Watts passed away in a London hospital.READ MORE: Grieving Family Looking For Killer Of 22-Year-Old Alejandro Legaria Rangel In Huntington Park
The exact cause of death was unclear. Earlier this month, the Stones announced that Watts would miss the band’s upcoming U.S. tour to recover from a medical procedure.
Following news of his death, tributes poured in from across the music world from the likes of Elton John and Paul McCartney:
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
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.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 24, 2021
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 24, 2021
Rock n roll would not be rock n roll without the rhythm, the style, the VIBE of this incredible musician. Rest In Peace #CharlieWatts, one of the greatest and most important architects of the music we love. pic.twitter.com/xEfzaSLCba
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) August 24, 2021
Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/aasPZ2fMYXREAD MORE: Man Shot And Stabbed Outside Crowded Glendale Pastry Shop, Suspect On The Loose
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) August 24, 2021
Sad to hear of Charlie Watts passing. The Rolling Stones have always been my favorite band, and Charlie was the engine of subltle and heavy grooves. I’ll put on “Sway” which is my favorite song of all time. Any of us in a rock band wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for Charlie. pic.twitter.com/0GsCAIEIO3
— Mike McCready (@MikeMcCreadyPJ) August 24, 2021
Exile On Main Street is a messy rock'n'roll masterpiece. Nothing happened in the studio each night until Charlie found the rhythm to whatever riff Keith was unearthing. Once they locked onto each other, things happened. He was the engine of the Rolling Stones. RIP Charlie Watts
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) August 24, 2021
A monumentally sad day learning my personal hero Charlie Watts has died. I’m devastated and my soul aches for Shirley, Serafina, the extended Watts family, and of course his band mates. I don’t know what to say really. Charlie Watts Rest In Peace my friend…
— Max Weinberg (@EStreetMax) August 24, 2021
No matter what song the Stones played… it always had a deep groove… that was Charlie Watts…he will be missed. -J.O.
Photo: Getty Images pic.twitter.com/BIGqSxvySE
— Daryl Hall & John Oates (@halloates) August 24, 2021
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So sorry to hear the very sad news of Charlie Watts passing. He was such a nice guy and a major influence in the music business – he’ll be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and to Mick, Ronnie, Keith and all his friends and fans. R.I.P.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) August 24, 2021