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Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts dead at 80, says agent

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The long-serving drummer of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, is dead at 80, the band confirmed on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Watts joined the band shortly after it was formed in 1962. Though he avoided the limelight compared to singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, he was a steady presence through the band’s decades of music production. Watts had announced earlier this month that he would not participate in the band’s upcoming No Filter tour of the US this year, citing recovery from an unspecified medical procedure. Watts had already been treated for throat cancer in 2004, acco…

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