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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have shared photo tributes to their late bandmate, Charlie Watts, who passed away today (August 24) at age 80.

Jagger shared a photo of a laughing Watts behind a drum kit, a definite break from the drummer’s usually very composed nature.

Richards, meanwhile, shared a poignant image of a drum kit with a “Closed” sign hung on it.

Watts cause of death has not been confirmed, but per the statement announcing his death, “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

Watts joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963 and played on all 30 of their studio albums. Earlier this month, the Stones announced Watts would be sitting out their upcoming United States tour citing an undisclosed medical issue. Up until then, he hadn’t missed a single performance since joining the band.

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