Music legend Charlie Watts (1941-2021) died on August 24, 2021 at the age of 80. On the second anniversary of the death of the longtime Rolling Stones drummer, the band now remembered the deceased. "Today we commemorate our dear Charlie with much love. We miss you every day," the Stones' official Instagram channel said. A series of pictures showing the musician over the decades can also be seen.
Individual band members also remembered their deceased colleagues with moving social media posts. "Charlie Watts was my bed. I could lay down there and know that not only would I sleep well, but that I would wake up and still rock," wrote guitarist Keith Richards (79), who turned 80 in December of this year grows old, to a black and white picture that shows him smiling arm in arm with Watts.
For his part, Stones frontman Mick Jagger (80) posted a series of touching pictures and a video in an Instagram story in which Watts can be seen in action on stage. Guitarist Ronnie Wood, 76, who joined the band in 1974, shared a photo showing him with the deceased and a series of portraits of the former Stones drummer.
Charlie Watts passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family in August 2021. An official cause of death was never given. His longtime wife Shirley Watts (1938-2022), whom he married in 1964, died 16 months after him. Watts had joined the then fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Jagger, Richards and Brian Jones (1942-1969) while playing rhythm and blues clubs.
Shortly before his death, the group announced in August 2021 that the drummer would not be on the upcoming "No Filter" US tour in the fall due to health reasons. A spokesman for the drummer said: "Charlie had a [medical] procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors decided this week that he needs to rest properly and need to recover." Watts died a few weeks later.