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Famous Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies

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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in London on Tuesday at the age of 80, his agent Bernard Doherty announced, lamenting the death of “one of the greatest drummers of his generation”.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear Charlie Watts,” said his agent in a statement, adding that he “died peacefully in a London hospital earlier in the day, surrounded by his family”.

A spokesperson for the artist had already announced in early August that he would not participate in the group’s American tour, scheduled for the fall, for medical reasons.

“Charlie has had a successful surgery,” but his doctors said he needed rest, he said at the time, without further clarification.

The drummer, who turned 80 in June, had been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963. Along with frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, Charlie Watts was among the oldest members of the famous rock band.