Unfortunately, The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away after having an unknown surgery on August 24, 2021, at 80. The real cause of his death wasn’t announced, but his London publicist, Bernard Doherty, stated that he died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Watts’ sudden death devastated both The Rolling Stones’ longtime fans and almost every rock musician all around the world. They paid tribute to Watts by sharing his pictures and expressing their sadness on social media. Also, most of the musicians emphasized his extraordinary talent as a drummer.

His bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were too sad to say anything about Watts, so they only shared his photos. Eric Clapton bid farewell to Watts by calling him ‘Sweet prince.’ In addition, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash defined Watts’ death as a terrible loss. Another GN’R icon, Axl Rose, reflected his sadness and sent his condolences on his Twitter.

In addition to these legends, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx stated that music lost a legendary drummer and described Watts as a true gentleman and the backbone of The Rolling Stones. Moreover, KISS bassist Gene Simmons sent his prayers to his devastated family and fans.

Rest in peace, Charlie Watts.

Eric Clapton’s post read:

“Goodnight Sweet Prince…

Nikki Sixx wrote in the caption the following:

“This one hurts. To me, he was the backbone of the world’s greatest rock n roll band. Such flair and is always a gentleman. RIP.”

Here’s what Slash wrote in his post:

“The countenance of rock n roll is forever changed to this day. Devastating loss, RIP.”

Gene Simmons’s tweet read:

“Our prayers and hearts go out to Charlie Watts’ family, fans, and friends. The Rolling Stones drummer played on ‘Satisfaction,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman,’ and hundreds more. Rest In Peace, Charlie.

Axl Rose’s tweet read as follows:

“Very sorry to hear of the passing of The Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts.

My deepest condolences to his family, the band, and the fans.”

You can check out the tweets and photos below.