The statement from the Rolling Stones’ publicist said: “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today [Tuesday] surrounded by his family.
“We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
In 2016, Watts was ranked 12th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest drummers of all time.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte.
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