The drummer of the legendary rock band Rolling Stones Charlie Watts died at the age of 80 in a hospital in London, said the representative of the musician Bernard Doherty.
Earlier it became known that Watts will not take part in the American tour of the band due to his health condition. He underwent emergency heart surgery. When doctors forbade the musician to join the upcoming tour, he joked that “for the first time in my life, I lost my sense of rhythm.”
“It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. On Tuesday, he passed away peacefully in a London hospital, surrounded by his family. He was one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” reads a statement posted on the band’s official Twitter account.
The worldwide circulation of The Rolling Stones ‘ albums, which account for more than 20 studio recordings alone, is more than 250 million copies. Two hundred million records were sold in the United States; it is by these indicators that the group, formed in 1962, is one of the most successful in the world. In 1989, the musicians were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they were ranked fourth in the list of the 50 greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.