Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dead at 80

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FILE PHOTO: Charlie Watts of British veteran rockers The Rolling Stones performs with his band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood during a concert on their “Latin America Ole Tour” in Santiago, Chile February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Photo

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

Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

Doherty said: “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.”

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