The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have paid tribute to beloved bandmate, Charlie Watts, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 80.
Jagger, Richards and Wood all took to social media posting photos to honor Watts. Mick posted a photo of Charlie joyfully sitting at his drum kit, while Richards posted a photo of just Watts’ drum kit with a closed sign hanging on it.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood posted a photo of himself with Charlie with the caption, “I love you my fellow Gemini ~ I will dearly miss you ~ you are the best.”
Additionally, the Stones’ website has been edited to show a stand-alone photo of Watts.
A statement released by Watts’ publicist, Bernard Doherty, released to the BBC read, "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."
Watts is consistently cited as one of the greatest drummers of all time and played a monumental role as an influence to drummers across a variety of genres. Alongside his Rolling Stones bandmates, Watts was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.