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Charlie Watts and wife of 57 years pose in sweet final photo

Love actually by no means dies.

(*57*) Stones drummer and late music icon Charlie Watts attended one final charity occasion with Shirley Ann Shephard, his wife of 57 years. The couple smiled collectively at an occasion for the canine basis Forever Hounds Trust in May 2020 in one of the final photographs of Watts earlier than he died.

Watts handed away Aug. 24 at 80 in the UK.

“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,” the band stated in an announcement.

“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 assertion concluded.

Shephard, 82, and the British rocker adopted a 5-year-old greyhound pup named Suzie on the occasion. In the lovable snap, Watts and his ladylove posed with the canine and regarded as completely satisfied as ever. Watts wore a beige go well with whereas Shephard sported a teal jacket and denims.

The couple met simply earlier than the (*57*) Stones entered the world of fame and fortune. They married in 1964 and have one daughter, Seraphina.

In a 2018 interview with NME, Watts — whose loss of life introduced an outpouring of remembrances from followers and different musicians — was requested about his secrets and techniques to an extended and wholesome marriage. The publication additionally addressed how having a powerful relationship is uncommon for rock stars whereas partying and singing on the street.

Legendary (*57*) Stones drummer Charlie Watts
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“Because I’m not really a rock star,” he stated. “I don’t have all the trimmings of that. Having stated that, I do have 4 classic vehicles and can’t drive the bloody issues. I’ve by no means been in doing interviews or being seen.

“I love it and I do interviews because I want people to come and see the band. The Rolling Stones exist because people come to the shows,” Watts continued. “There’s nothing worse than playing in a club with three people sitting in the front – one’s your girlfriend and the other’s your mate – and that’s the audience.”

He additionally touched upon the thought of whether or not the Stones would ever retire.

“No. I’ve thought that the band might stop a lot of times. I used to think that at the end of every tour. I’d had enough of it – that was it,” he replied. “But, no, not really. I hope [when it ends] that everyone says, ‘That’ll be it.’ I’d hate for it to be a bloody big argument. That would be a real sad moment”

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is shown relaxing in London in 1964.
(*57*) Stones drummer Charlie Watts in London in 1964.
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