Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 surrounded by loved ones

The musician died in a London hospital surrounded by his loved ones.

Charlie Watts, the drummer of the legendary British rock group Rolling Stones, has died. The musician passed away in a London hospital at 81, his publicist told BBC News.

“He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Watts said in a statement about his death.

It also urged members of the media to show respect to the deceased’s family, close friends, and bandmates.

The exact reasons for the drummer’s death were not released, but he was being treated for throat cancer in 2004. Watts became part of The Rolling Stones in 1963. In addition to playing the drum kit, Charlie took part in creating some of the band’s album covers.

In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine placed him 12th among the 100 greatest drummers of all time.