Rock ‘n’ roll has lost one of its famed heroes. Charlie Watts — co-founder, drummer, and “engine room” of The Rolling Stones — has died at the age of 80, his rep confirmed in a statement on Tuesday (Aug. 24). Watts was initially slated to join The Rolling Stones on their 2021 U.S. tour, but backed out to allow himself to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.
As news of his death spread, musicians and other celebrities have been expressing their sorrow over the iconic rock ‘n’ roll drummer’s death on Twitter, and sharing the impact he’s had on the music industry. “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer,” Elton John wrote. “The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.”
“Rock n roll would not be rock n roll without the rhythm, the style, the VIBE of this incredible musician. Rest In Peace #CharlieWatts, one of the greatest and most important architects of the music we love,” Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello tweeted, prompting his followers to express their heartbreak at the news in the comments.
See more tributes to Charlie Watts below.
RIP Charlie Watts https://t.co/2iWBy6aNyV
— KISS (@kiss) August 24, 2021
Rock n roll would not be rock n roll without the rhythm, the style, the VIBE of this incredible musician. Rest In Peace #CharlieWatts, one of the greatest and most important architects of the music we love. pic.twitter.com/xEfzaSLCba
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) August 24, 2021
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) 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
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) August 24, 2021
Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/aasPZ2fMYX
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) August 24, 2021
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 24, 2021
— Mark McGrath (@mark_mcgrath) August 24, 2021
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) August 24, 2021
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) August 24, 2021
thank you Charlie Watts 💔 pic.twitter.com/bKW1CwVGxD
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) August 24, 2021
Peace and love, Charlie Watts. 💔 pic.twitter.com/SSc7s3Qf9w
— Susanna Hoffs (@SusannaHoffs) August 24, 2021
R.I.P. Charlie Watts https://t.co/xIeebKPCUq
— Carole King (@Carole_King) August 24, 2021
So saddened to hear about the passing of Charlie Watts . An absolute inspiration to a legion of drummers since the 1960’s. A man of grace , style , dignity and composure . pic.twitter.com/Nu4msDShAF
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) August 24, 2021
Buddy would like to offer his deepest condolences, his love, and his prayers to the family of Charlie Watts, to Mick, Keith, Ronnie, and to everyone in the Rolling Stones camp. Friends till the end. All our love. ❤️ – Team BG pic.twitter.com/JeKzHxzLph
— Buddy Guy (@TheRealBuddyGuy) August 24, 2021
(1/3) "We are so deeply, deeply saddened to hear of Charlie Watts passing.
The impact he’s had on musicians and listeners across the planet is profound. pic.twitter.com/Pr1alm6T1b
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) August 24, 2021
Drummers are the most ensnared individuals. Though they are loudest, they are the last to be heard. They have insecurities due to the fact that everyone has their back turned on them. Herein lies the band’s secret; there is no greatness- without a great drummer. RIP Charlie Watts pic.twitter.com/sAcE7SYiBY
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) August 24, 2021
My condolences to @MickJagger ,@officialKeef @ronniewood the family and fans of The Rolling Stones on the passing of Charlie Watts. When I first started I used to rap to that Honkey tonk women drum beat all the time. Thanks Charlie!
🙏🏾🌹💎 Rest in power.
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) August 25, 2021
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) August 24, 2021
— Rick Astley (@rickastley) August 24, 2021
Devastating news , those in the know know he was the heart & soul of the band …. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting him a few times, a total gentleman… it goes without saying he will be sorely missed .. RIP Charlie ❤️ -Joe Elliott@RollingStones #CharlieWatts https://t.co/AEpHjUNPHh
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) August 24, 2021
The heartbeat of Rock & Roll. The Great Charlie Watts. 😔 all due respect. https://t.co/k7tBR7KKFb
— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) August 24, 2021