Shirley Watts, the widow of late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie, died on Friday, December 16. She was 84.
A family statement reads, “It is with great sadness that Seraphina, Charlotte and Barry announce the death of their much-loved mother, grandmother and mother-in law Shirley Watts. Shirley died peacefully on Friday December 16 in Devon after a short illness surrounded by her family. She will be also sadly missed by her sisters Jackie and Jill, and her brother Stephen. Reunited now forever with her beloved Charlie.”
Shirley was born in London on September 11, 1938. She studied sculpture at Hornsey College of Art, where she met her future husband.
On October 14, 1964, Charlie married Shirley, whom he had met before joining the Stones in 1963. The couple had one daughter, Seraphina, born in March 1968, who in turn gave birth to Watts’ only grandchild, a girl named Charlotte. They remained married until his death on August 24, 2021.
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