Shirley Ann Shepherd Watts, wife of the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, died on Friday, December 16. He was 84 years old.
“Shirley passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, following a short illness in Devon, surrounded by her family,” her family announced on Monday.
Charlie and Shirley met before joining the legendary band and were together for more than 50 years until his death in 2021.
CHARLIE WATTS’ 57-year marriage to wife Shirley Shepherd
Ronnie Wood shared a tribute to Shirley on Facebook and wrote: “Sally and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Shirley Watts. We will miss you dearly, but take comfort that you are reunited with your beloved Charlie. “
CHARLIE WATTS posed with his 57-year-old wife in the FINAL PHOTO.
He added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with their daughter Seraphina, granddaughter Charlotte and son-in-law Barry, much love to you all at this very sad time.”
Shirley and Charlie, who died in August 2021, were married for 57 years. Keith Richards revealed in March 2022 that his late bandmate had died after a long battle with cancer.
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Watts is said to have regretted his life in the spotlight.
“The one regret I have in this life is that I was never home enough,” Watts once said of his wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley Shepherd, according to Vulture. “But he always says when I come off tour that I’m a nightmare and tells me to get out.”
Watts also wrote in “According to the Rolling Stones” that his wife was an even bigger fan of his band than he ever was.
“My wife and daughter can come on tour, but Shirley has always had other things outside of this band,” he wrote. “He’s a great Stones fan, though. I’m not, it’s what I do. Mick, Keith and Ronnie are my friends and the band is very good, but that’s it. But Shirley actually plays our records. I don’t.”
Charlie was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Modern Drummers Hall of Fame and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.