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Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts posed with love of his life wife in final snap before death

Charlie Watts was married to wife Shirley Ann Shepherd for 57 years and they appear the picture of happiness in one of the final snaps captured of the drummer before his death

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The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Charlie Watts can be seen beaming alongside his wife and pet pooch in one of the last snaps taken before his death.

The Rolling Stones drummer passed away this week, at the age of 80, with his publicist confirming the news on Tuesday.

And in one of the final captures of the musician he can be seen posing with the love of his life, wife Shirley Ann Shepherd – who he was married to for 57 years.

The photo shows the icon smiling as he cuts a suave figure in a beige suit paired with a brown T-shirt and suede loafers.

Shirley beams with her teeth on display as she stands alongside her husband dressed in a teal coat, jeans and trainers.

Also present in the photo – that was taken at a charity event in May 2020 – is a greyhound dog – who the couple rescued from the charity Forever Hounds Trust before Charlie’s passing.

Charlie Watts can be seen smiling with his wife in one of his final snap before his death



The couple were married for 57 years


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Charlie married Shirley, a sculpture student at the Royal College of Art, in 1964 before finding fame with one of the biggest bands in the history.

Ever faithful to his wife Shirley, Charlie was said to have consistently turned down a number of female fans on the road – of which there were plenty.

In Robert Greenfield’s STP: A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones, which documented the group’s 1972 American Tour, the band were said to have been invited to the Playboy Mansion.

Charlie, however was reportedly more interested in Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner’s game room than getting it on with groupies.

“I’ve never filled the stereotype of the rock star,” he said. “Back in the ’70s, Bill Wyman and I decided to grow beards, and the effort left us exhausted.”

Charlie and wife Shirley shared one daughter, Seraphina – born in March 1968 who welcomed the drummer’s only grandchild, a girl called Charlotte.

Charlie and Shirley met before he found fame


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Rolling Stones fans were left heartbroken upon discovering that the drummer died.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family,” he publicist Bernard Doherty shared in a statement.

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation.

“We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time,” the statement concluded.

Charlie has been a much-loved member of the Rolling Stones since 1963.

He remains the only member, other than Jagger and Richards, to have featured on all of their studio albums.

After originally training as a graphic artist, Watts was introduced to Brian Jones, Jagger and Richards while playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs in the 60s with the trio asking him to join their group in 1962.

Charlie was the drummer in the Rolling Stones


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Charlie initially turned down the invitation in favour of his day job as a designer at an advertising agency.

A six-month campaign eventually convinced him to join and Charlie made his first appearance with the Rolling Stones in January 1963 at the Flamingo club in London’s Soho.

However, even then he refused to give up his day job, only doing so once the band had signed a deal with Decca Records.

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