Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died aged 80 just weeks after announcing his absence from the recent 4 US tour.
“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”, said his London publicist Bernard Doherty.
Watts announced last August 4 that he would not be available” for the Rolling Stone’s rescheduled U.S. tour this fall because he needed to recover from an unspecified but “successful” recent medical procedure.
Watts was born in 1941 and was raised in Wembley, northwest London.
Watts was educated as a graphic designer at Harrow Art School, and worked for a London ad firm while playing music on the side.
Watts was influenced by early jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton and bop saxophonist Charlie Parker and soon joined Blues Incorporated in 1962 before joining Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the newly formed Rolling stones in 1963.
Watts suffered from Heroin addiction during the ’70s and alcoholism during the ’80s but remained healthy during his 60-year career.
In 2004 however, Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer but successfully recovered.
Watts last performed live in Miami on August 30, 2019, and online last April 2020 during the “One World Together” all-star livestream.
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