Charlie Watts, the English drummer best known as the backbone of the Rolling Stones for more than half a century, has died. He was 80.

The famed musician “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family,” Watts’ spokesperson announced in a statement Tuesday.

“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,” publicist Bernard Doherty said.

Widely recognized as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, Watts’ signature style helped make the Rolling Stones one of the best-selling musical acts of all time.

The band has won three Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Watts was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2006 and was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” in 2016.