According to a spokesperson, he died peacefully in a London hospital. The cause of death has not yet been made public, however Watts’ ill health has been known publicly since at least the beginning of August when the band announced he would be missing their upcoming tour because of his condition.
Jagger posted a touching photo of an older Watts behind the drumkit, mid laugh.
Richards also posted a photo, but offering a more symbolic tribute. His post features a drumkit with a “closed for business” sign hanging from it.
Wood posted a recent photo of him and Watts with the caption “I love you my fellow Gemini ~ I will dearly miss you ~ you are the best.”
“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts, the Stones drummer,” said McCartney in a video he posted to Twitter.
“He was a lovely guy. I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill. Lots of love to his family, his wife and kids, and his extended family, and condolences to the Stones.”
“This will be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock, and a fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock. Anyway, so love you Charlie. I’ve always loved you.”
Check out some of the tributes below.
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 24, 2021
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 24, 2021
Rest in peace, Charlie Watts. Our love and deepest condolences go out to Shirley, Seraphina, Charlotte and all The Rolling Stones family. Love, yoko pic.twitter.com/ePsEnA7Ai6
— Yoko Ono 🐚🌊 (@yokoono) August 25, 2021
The heartbeat of Rock & Roll. The Great Charlie Watts. 😔 all due respect. https://t.co/k7tBR7KKFb
— ahmir•quest• 5 letters only (@questlove) August 24, 2021
The coolest drummer with the best sound, a member-of-the-band player rather than a look-at-me soloist, Charlie Watts was a constant inspiration – as a musician and as a man. Vale Charlie. People everywhere will mourn your loss today, and dance to your grooves forever. Rob / M.O pic.twitter.com/LLuljL2JLh
— Midnight Oil (@midnightoilband) August 25, 2021
I don’t advertise myself to be their biggest fan but I do love the Stones. Been driving all day. Didn’t find out about Charlie Watts passing until late. Always annoyed me when people would mock how he played the hats. U wish u could swing like that. Dude personified cool. pic.twitter.com/opkmgE98XC
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) August 25, 2021
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) August 24, 2021
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) August 24, 2021
I love you my fellow Gemini ~ I will dearly miss you ~ you are the best🙏❤️☀️ pic.twitter.com/aMYTGWikxB
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) August 25, 2021