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Rolling Stones miss drummer Charlie Watts' funeral due to coronavirus restrictions

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The Rolling Stones have been forced to skip their drummer Charlie Watts' funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.

Watts, who died on Tuesday, August 24, was laid to rest last week in the UK.

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According to The Sun, his bandmates missed the private ceremony — singer Mick Jagger, 78, and guitarists Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74, were in Boston rehearsing for their upcoming tour, the outlet said.

Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood posing for the camera: The Rolling Stones were forced to miss their drummer's funeral in the UK. © A Current Affair The Rolling Stones were forced to miss their drummer's funeral in the UK.

The Sun didn't specify exactly what restrictions prevented the band members from returning to the UK but a source told the outlet the group instead plan on paying tribute during their No Filter tour in the US, which begins in St Louis, Missouri, on September 29.

The drummer's fellow bandmates are also planning a dedicated celebration of Watts' life later this year in the UK, the paper said.

Watts died on August 24 at the age of 80.

Mick Jagger standing in front of a stage: Charlie Watts died last month at the age of 80. © AP Charlie Watts died last month at the age of 80.

"It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts," a statement from his publicist, Bernard Doherty, said at the time. "He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family."


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The musician was described as "a cherished husband, father and grandfather" and "one of the greatest drummers of his generation."

Three weeks before his passing, he abruptly pulled out from the US tour after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure for an unknown condition.

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"For once, my timing has been a little off," Watts joked in a statement at the time.

The legendary drummer joined the Rolling Stones in 1963 and remained with the band for 60 years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, who he married in 1964 before the band shot to fame.

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