Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones is dead at the age of 80.
The band issued a statement that says, "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."
It says he was "a cherished husband, father and grandfather" and "one of the greatest drummers of his generation... We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time."
The band announced earlier this month that he wouldn't be taking part in the Stones' tour this fall, citing the need to recover from a recent medical procedure. Watts selected Steve Jordan, a member of guitarist Keith Richards’ group the X-Pensive Winos, to replace him for the trek.