Pete Townshend, the iconic lead singer and guitarist of The Who, has paid tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
Watts, who recently pulled out of tour dates due to illness, was confirmed dead by his publicist Bernard Doherty in a recently released statement.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” a publicist said.
“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
The statement continued: “We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
While the Rolling Stones come to grips with the news, plotting what the future looks like for the band without their driving force behind them, the tributes have continued to pour in.
Townshend, taking to social media to express his thoughts, shared an image of a rainbow and stated: “Full Moon. Rainbow. Always a sign. Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral. I wish I was capable of such tears today.”
Adding: “Instead I just want to say goodbye. Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!! Such a lovely man. God bless his wife and daughter, and I’ll bet the horses will miss him too.”
See the full tribute, below.