The legend of the Beatles Sir Paul McCartneyThe 79-year-old took to Twitter to pay tribute to The Rolling Stones’ percussionist Charlie Watts after the sad news of his death at the age of 80. Paul recorded a touching video message this evening to send his condolences to the late musician’s family and the late musician’s family. the band.
In the clip, which was shared with his 4.1 million followers, he said that although he knew Charlie had health problems, he “didn’t know he was so sick”.
It comes after Charlie was forced to withdraw from the band’s No Filter US tour, just weeks before his death.
Charlie had to have an emergency heart operation and stepped down from the tour on the advice of his doctors, revealing at the time that his recovery “will take some time”.
Sir Paul said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Charlie Watts, drummer for The Stones.
“He was a lovable guy and I knew he was sick, but I didn’t know he was so sick.
Much love to his family, wife and children, extended family and condolences to The Stones.
The singer explained that losing Charlie would be a “huge blow” for the Rolling Stones, as he’s been a “rock” for the band over the years.
He continued, “It would be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a great rock and drummer, consistent as a rock.
He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today, surrounded by his family.
“Charlie was a dear husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation.
“Please respect the privacy of his family, band members and close friends at this difficult time.”
Charlie is survived by his wife 57 years, Shirley Ann ShepardTheir daughter Serafina and granddaughter Charlotte.
Several of his fellow musicians joined Sir Paul in honoring the famous drummer.
Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr penned: “God bless Charlie Watts, we’ll miss you man of peace and love to the Ringo family.”
Sir Elton John wrote: “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the best drummer. The most elegant of men, and such wonderful company.”
“My deepest condolences to Shirley, Serafina and Charlotte. And of course, the Rolling Stones.”