Charlie Watts’ Famous Fans React to the Rolling Stones Drummer’s Death

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Photo credit: Evening Standard - Getty Images
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The rock n' roll world has lost a beat. On Tuesday, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, an icon of the format and an architect of the genre, died at the age of 80. A spokesperson for the band confirmed the news via statement: "It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. 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." A cause of death was not revealed.

Social media feeds flooded immediately after with tributes from fans, sharing anecdotes and memories from Watts' near-sixty year tenure as a rock god.

In an era defined by ego and excess, the revered drummer led a life much more reserved than many of his peers. His stand-up demeanor became a hallmark trait to those who followed, along with a style of playing that infused elements of jazz into the The Rolling Stones signature groove. As the band prepped for fall tour dates, it was announced earlier this summer that Watts wouldn't be able to make the run, dealing with unspecified health issues back home.

Rock legends, like Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Joan Jett, as well as contemporary admirers like Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz, expressed their grief in his passing.

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