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Longtime Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died in London at the age of 80.

The band announced his passing in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

“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,” the statement read.

“Charlie was cherished husband, father, and grandfather and also a member of The Rolling Stones 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.” 

Watts joined the legendary rock band in 1963, becoming one of the longest serving members in the Stones’ decades-long run. 

Watts, who gave up smoking during the 1980s, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, battling the disease four months before entering remission, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The band announced earlier this month that Watts would not be available to perform during its “No Filter Fall” tour this fall due to medical reasons, being replaced by backup drummer Steve Jordan. 

Former Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared tributes to Watts upon his passing. 

“#God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family Ringo,” Starr said.

Watts was survived by his wife, Shirley, and his daughter, Seraphina, according to the Telegraph.

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