Rolling Stones ‘forced to miss drummer Charlie Watts’ funeral’ after ‘secret’ arrangements
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The funeral of The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was held last week without his bandmates in attendance. The small, private funeral took place in Devon.
Unfortunately, Sir Mick Jagger, 78, Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74, couldn’t pay their final respects to their bandmate, who died on August 24 at the age of 80.
Due to Covid restrictions, the musicians were forced to remain in Boston.
They have been rehearsing in the American city ahead of their rescheduled tour.
The tour is set to start on September 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for The Rolling Stones for comment.
Charlie’s funeral took place in secret to respect the wishes of his family.
A source recently claimed the band would pay tribute to Charlie at their upcoming shows.
It has also been said the Stones are planning a celebration of his life later this year in the UK.
The sad news of Charlie’s death came just weeks after he pulled out of the band’s No Filter US tour due to health issues.
Charlie had to undergo an emergency heart operation and stepped down from the tour on the advice of his doctors, revealing at the time that his recuperation would “take a while”.
Although his operation had been “completely successful,” in order to avoid delaying the tour any further amid the coronavirus pandemic, Charlie asked musician Steve Jordan to replace him, before his tragic death.
Confirming Charlie’s death, his publicist said in a statement: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.
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“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as 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.”
Charlie was married to his wife Shirley for 57 years right up until his death in a London hospital.
The couple shared one daughter, Seraphina, 53, and one granddaughter, Charlotte, 24.
The Rolling Stones were among many to pay tribute to Charlie, as Jagger shared a photo on social media featuring the musician laughing behind his drum kit.
Richards called Charlie “the coolest guy I know,” alongside a photo of his drums alongside a “closed” sign.
The Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney also branded Charlie a “fantastic drummer” who was “as steady as a rock”.
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