The Rolling Stones were ‘not allowed’ to see Charlie Watts before his death

The Rolling Stones were unable to visit Charlie Watts (left) before he died (Picture: Reuters)

The Rolling Stones have revealed that they were not able to see Charlie Watts before he died after he experienced ‘complications’ while in hospital. 

The drummer died in August at the age of 80 after pulling out of their tour to have surgery, which resulted in complications. 

Ronnie Wood, 74, was the last of the band to see Charlie alive after visiting him in a London hospital before he died, shortly before further visits were banned. 

He told the Los Angeles Times that Charlie had been treated in the same hospital room Ronnie had been in while being treated for cancer a year earlier: ‘We call it the Rolling Stones suite.

‘We watched horse racing on TV and just shot the breeze. I could tell he was pretty tired and fed up with the whole deal. 

‘He said, “I was really hoping to be out of here by now,” then after that there was a complication or two and I wasn’t allowed back. No one was.’

Charlie Watts died at the age of 80 in August (Picture: Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

News of his death was confirmed by his publicist in August, with a statement telling PA: ‘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. 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.’

His death came as a shock to the band who had believed he was on the mend after undergoing a medical procedure. 

The Rolling Stones, seen here in 1963, say that Charlie will feature on their new album (Picture: Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)

Keith Richards, 77, added: ‘I’m still trying to put it together in my head. I don’t think I can be very erudite on Charlie at the moment.

‘Charlie was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known, and the most unlikely man to be famous. He hated that side of the job and used to savagely take the p**s out of it.’

Sir Mick Jagger revealed that the band used to have to go old-school to keep in touch with Charlie as the drummer didn’t use email, text or FaceTime like the others, so they’d call him to talk about football instead. 

Charlie is set to release music posthumously with the band as they confirmed that the new album the Rolling Stones have been working on features his work. 

Keith confirmed to the publication: ‘Let me put it this way. You haven’t heard the last of Charlie Watts.’

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