Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at age 80

Rolling Stones

PHOTO: The Rolling Stones – rock band formed in London in 1962, Photo Date: June 2015
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LONDON (AP) — Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80, according to his publicist.

Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.” The drummer provided the backbone of the Rolling Stones’ songs for more than half a century.

The publicist said, “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.”

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