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Updated on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 10:42 AM IST

'Redefined rhythm for rock': Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80; devastated fans pay virtual tributes

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts | Twitter

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts | Twitter

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Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock's greatest rhythms sections and used his "day job" to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80.

Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts "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," Doherty said.

Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.

The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was often ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style as the band rose from its scruffy beginnings to international superstardom.

He joined the Stones early in 1963 and remained over the next 60 years, ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group's longest lasting and most essential member.

The news of Watts' death has deeply dejected fans all over the globe including India. Social media is flooded with tributes for the legendary drummer.

Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

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Published on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 10:42 AM IST
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