Charlie Watts
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Charlie Watts, the drummer who provided the backbone of the Rolling Stones' songs for more than half a century, has died, his publicist said. He was 80.

Bernard Doherty said on August 24 that Watts 'passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.'

"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," said Doherty.