Full name Charles Robert Watts, Charlie Watts was an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963. Charlie Watts died on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, in a London hospital aged 80.
Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.
Charlie Watts is survived by his wife Shirley Ann Shepherd and daughter Seraphina Watts.
Charlie Watts’ cause of death
Charlie Watts’ cause of death is not known. His London publicist Bernard Doherty announced his death in a statement but, however, did not mention his cause of death. According to the statement, Charlie Watts died at a London hospital surrounded by his family.
The statement reads:
“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 a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members, and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Charlie was scheduled to join the Rolling Stone band on a tour in the United States in September 2021. He had to undergo a medical procedure in London which doctors recommended that he stays behind to enable him to recover. His publicist said Charlie had a “completely successful” procedure in London after a problem was found during a routine check-up. The medical condition was not made public.
Charlie said at that time that for once, his timing has been a little off.
He added: “I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while.
“After all the disappointment with delays to the tour caused by Covid, I really don’t want the many Stones fans in the States who have been holding tickets to have another postponement or cancellation.”
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Charlie Watts, of the Rolling Stones, performs during a concert of the group’s No Filter Europe Tour at U Arena in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, Oct. 22, 2017. Watts will likely miss the band’s upcoming U.S. tour to allow him to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. A spokesperson for the musician said Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, the procedure was “completely successful” but that Watts needs time to recuperate.(Source: AP Photo/Michel Euler)