Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Mick Jagger's poignant tribute to Charlie Watts sparks huge reaction

The iconic drummer passed away on 24 August

mick jagger charlie watts
Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
August 25, 2021
Share this:

Sir Mick Jagger has paid tribute to his bandmate, Charlie Watts, following the death of the Rolling Stones drummer on Tuesday.

Charlie passed away at the age of 80 in a London hospital on 24 August, prompting a huge response from musicians and fans alike.

MORE: Ronnie Wood reveals secret battle with rare aggressive cancer in lockdown

WATCH: Mick Jagger opens up on girlfriend L'Wren Scott's death

Heartbroken Mick chose to honour Charlie in an incredibly moving way. He shared a snapshot of his friend smiling while seated behind a drum kit. He poignantly chose not to add a caption.

READ: Rolling Stones star Charlie Watts, 80, undergoes emergency surgery and pulls out of US tour

MORE: Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richards' former partner, dies aged 73

Followers rushed to offer their condolences and support to 78-year-old Mick, including Luciana Gimenez - mother of Mick's 22-year-old son Lucas. "I am so sad baby," she wrote. "We will miss him."

View post on Instagram

Sir Mick paid an incredibly poignant tribute to Charlie on social media

"Sending love Mick. He was the greatest," one fan told the singer, with a second noting: "Argentina is a very sad place today." A third simply wrote: "Devastated."

READ: Mick Jagger breaks silence after son Gabriel, 23, marries at Rupert Murdoch's home

MORE: Mick Jagger, 77, appears in very rare photo with his four-year-old son

Stones guitarist Keith Richards also took to social media to remember Charlie. He shared a photo of a set of drums with a 'closed' sign on them.

View post on Instagram

Keith Richards also honoured his late friend and bandmate

Charlie had been a member of the Rolling Stones since January 1963, when he joined Mick, Keith and Brian Jones in their up-and-coming group.

Among those to honour the late drummer were Beatles stars Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr. The latter tweeted: "God bless Charlie Watts. We're going to miss you man," while Paul described Charlie as a "lovely guy" and a "fantastic drummer".

rolling stones

The Rolling Stones have been left heartbroken by the death of drummer Charlie

Sir Elton John, meanwhile, wrote: "A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company."

And The Who's Roger Daltry said Charlie was "the perfect gentleman, as sharp in his manner of dress as he was on the drums".

charlie watts

Charlie is considered one of the greatest drummers of all time

Charlie is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte. His death was announced in a statement from the Rolling Stones' publicist, which described him as "a cherished husband, father and grandfather" and "one of the greatest drummers of his generation".

Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

More Celebrity News

See more