The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50, the band have announced. The band said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given.
Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape.
The band are currently on tour in South America.
“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever,” Foo Fighters wrote.
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
Foo Fighters were formed in 1994 by Dave Grohl, after his previous group Nirvana disbanded following the suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain.
While Grohl drummed for Nirvana, he took on lead vocals and guitar in Foo Fighters, and so Hawkins had the daunting task of drumming in a group founded by one of the most celebrated drummers in rock.
“Any instance where you’re auditioning for something, you’re going to be nervous. But no-one can play better than Dave Grohl. He just has this vision in his head.”
The two sometimes swapped roles during the band’s concerts, with Hawkins taking on vocals. After news of his death was announced many fans shared clips of him singing Queen’s Somebody to Love.
Before joining Foo Fighters, Hawkins drummed for Alanis Morissette.
While visiting London in 2001, he took an overdose of heroin and spent two weeks in a coma.
Speaking about the experience in 2018, he said it had been “a real changing point for me”.
The band had been due to perform on Friday night at the Estereo Picnic festival in Bogota, Colombia. The US embassy in Bogota expressed its “sincerest condolences” to the drummer’s family, friends and fans.
Death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins may be tied to drugs
The shocking death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins could be related to drugs, authorities said. Hawkins, 50, was found dead in a hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, where heartbroken fans gathered outside in shock.
“According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs,” the Metropolitan Police of Bogota said in a statement published by several news outlets in the South American nation and reported by the Mirror of London.
“The cause of death has yet to be established,” police cautioned.
Hawkins, an electrifying performer with a stage presence that projected from behind his drum kit, had a history of known drug use. He overdosed on heroin in 2001 and spent a week in a coma, just four years after joining the Foo Fighters, according to The Sun. Note: L’altro buio in sala Streaming ITA
Hawkins had complained of chest pains to hotel staff, according to reports.
After hearing of the tragic loss of Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, fans have begun sharing footage of the drummers final show with the band at Lollapalooza Argentina. You can watch a fan-recorded video of the headlining set below.
Foo Fighters issued a statement last night (March 25) confirming Hawkins death. It reads, “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
He was 50. A cause of death hasn’t been given at this time. Note: Parigi, 13 Arr. Streaming ITA
Hawkins’ last show with Foo Fighters was on March 22. The set spanned over two hours and covered songs like “The Pretender,” “My Hero,” “No Son Of Mine” and “Shame Shame.”
Additionally, Dave Grohl and Hawkins swapped places, Grohl taking the kit and Hawkins providing lead vocals, for a cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.”
Before they song began, Hawkins told the crowd, “I fuckin’ love Dave Grohl, man. I’d be delivering pizzas if it wasn’t for fuckin’ Dave Grohl. I’d be managing the drum department at a Guitar Center if it wasn’t for Dave Grohl.”
Foo Fighters are currently on tour in South America and were due to play Festival Estero Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia, on March 25, wrapping up the South American leg of their tour by playing Lollapalooza in São Paulo, Brazil, on March 27.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50
Taylor Hawkins, for 25 years the drummer for Foo Fighters and best friend of frontman Dave Grohl, has died during a South American tour with the rock band. He was 50.
There were few immediate details on how Hawkins died, although the band said in a statement Friday that his death was a “tragic and untimely loss.”
Foo Fighters had been scheduled to play at a festival in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday night. Hawkins’ final concert was Sunday at another festival in San Isidro, Argentina.
“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever,” said a message on the band’s official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters. “Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family.”
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The Bogota municipal government issued a statement Saturday that the city’s emergency center had received a report of a patient with “chest pain” and sent an ambulance. A private ambulance arrived as well, it said.