Celebrity tributes to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts poured into social media after the group announced his death.
The musician “died peacefully in a London hospital earlier in the day surrounded by his family,” a Watts representative told Fox News on Tuesday. Watts was 80 years old at the time of his death.
The group also confirmed his death on Twitter.
Stars from Paul McCartney to Ringo Starr paid tribute to the musician on Twitter.
ROLLING STONES DRUMMER CHARLIE WATTS DEAD AT 80
“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts the dying Stones drummer,” McCartney said in a video shared on Twitter. “He was a lovely guy, and I knew he was sick, but I didn’t know he was so sick. So much love to his family, his wife and kids, his extended family. And condolences. to the Stones, it will be a blow to them because Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer, stable as a rock. I love you Charlie. I have always loved you, handsome man. Sincere condolences and sympathies to his family . “
“A very sad day,” wrote Elton John. “Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish man and such a brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course the Rolling Stones.”
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“I feel bad for Charlie’s family. Charlie was a great drummer and I loved the music of the Stones, they made great records. Love & Mercy”, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson wrote on Twitter.
“The rhythm of the Stones. There are no words, each groove has spoken for itself”, Lenny Kravitz tweeted.
“Rest In Power #CharlieWatts RIP. You’re a good brother. Thanks for all the great music,” Nile Rodgers said.
“Charlie Watts was rock and roll’s most elegant and dignified drummer,” Joan Jett wrote. “He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He’s one of a kind.”
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“#God bless Charlie Watts, we will miss you man, peace and love to the Ringo family,” Ringo Starr wrote.
Concerns about Watts’ health emerged earlier this year when he announced that although he has been the band’s resident drummer since 1963, he would be outside of their 2021 US “No Filter” tour in order to recover from an undisclosed medical procedure.
The calm and elegantly dressed Watts was often ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a leading rock drummer, respected around the world for his muscular, swinging style as the band moved on from their early days. scruffy to international stardom.
He joined the Stones in early 1963 and stayed for the next 60 years, ranking just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s oldest and most essential member.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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