A sacred monster in the history of music has just bowed out. Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones drummer since 1963, died on Tuesday, as his agent told AFP. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear Charlie Watts,” said the latter’s statement, specifying that the drummer “had passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier in the day, surrounded by his family . ” The causes of death of Charlie Watts – who turned 80 on June 2 – are currently unknown but the musician had recently indicated that he could not participate in the next Stones tour which is due to begin in September. . The musician had simply explained that he needed rest after a medical operation, without specifying its nature. On the health side, Charlie Watts had already encountered his share of problems since he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004 for which he had done radiotherapy. While he had been in the hospital for several months, Mick Jagger reportedly called him one day to say, “We’re going to make an album, but only once you’re ready.” “They were racking their brains, writing songs, and when I was ready I went and A Bigger Bang was born,” Charlie Watts revealed. “Then I did a two year tour. It seems every time we stop I get sick. So maybe I should keep going!”
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Charlie Watts, “one of the best drummers of his generation”
Charlie Watts had been married since 1964 to Shirley Ann Shepherd, with whom he had a daughter, Seraphina, born in 1968. The latter in turn became the mother of a girl named Charlotte, making Charlie Watts a grandfather. By disappearing, the drummer leaves the world orphaned of “one of the greatest drummers of his generation”, as his agent describes it.
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