Paul McCartney pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his ...

Paul McCartney pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his ...
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his ...

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his death aged 80 on Tuesday.

Sharing a video on Twitter, Paul, 79, addressed his followers in the candid clip, hailing Charlie as 'a rock' and 'fantastic drummer' before revealing: 'I knew he was ill, but I didn't know he was this ill.'

Charlie's death was confirmed shortly before Beatles rocker Paul released his clip, with a statement confirming he had 'passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family'.

Tribute: Paul McCartney, 79, has paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his death aged 80 on Tuesday in a new Twitter video

Tribute: Paul McCartney, 79, has paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his death aged 80 on Tuesday in a new Twitter video 

Sitting at home, Paul said in full: 'So sad to hear about Charlie Watts. He was a lovely guy, and I knew he was ill, but I didn't know he was this ill.'

He continued: 'So lots of love to his family and condolences to the Stones. It will be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer.'

The rockstar concluded: 'Love you Charlie. I'll always love you. Beautiful man. Great condolences and sympathies.'

Charlie joined the then-fledgling Rolling Stones in 1963 after meeting Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs.

Rest In Peace: Celebrities including Elton John, Bryan Adams and Beatles legend Ringo Starr have paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie after his death aged 80 (Charlie pictured in 2017)

Rest In Peace: Celebrities including Elton John, Bryan Adams and Beatles legend Ringo Starr have paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie after his death aged 80 (Charlie pictured in 2017) 

Fantastic drummer: Paul addressed his followers in the candid clip, hailing Charlie as 'a rock' and 'fantastic drummer' before revealing: 'I knew he was ill, but I didn't know he was this ill'

Fantastic drummer: Paul addressed his followers in the candid clip, hailing Charlie as 'a rock' and 'fantastic drummer' before revealing: 'I knew he was ill, but I didn't know he was this ill'

Along with Jagger and Richards, he featured on every one of the band's studio albums and was widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Watts was due to tour the US with the band later this year. But it was announced earlier this month he would not feature due

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