Monday, September 20

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80

Charlie Watts, drummer for the British band Rolling Stones, has died at age 80, Bernard Doherty, the musician’s publicist, reported Tuesday.

The legendary member of the “Stones” had recently undergone an operation, forcing him to withdraw from the group’s upcoming US tour.

“Charlie has undergone a procedure that has been totally successful, but I gather that his doctors concluded this week that he needs a rest and a recovery,” the spokesman for the band had indicated on 5 August.

British media reported that Watts underwent an operation in London after doctors observed a “problem” during a routine checkup.

In 2004, Watts was treated for throat cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

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