Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead At 50
Taylor Hawkins, the ferocious drummer for the iconic Foo Fighters rock band, has died at age 50, according to a statement from the band.
No cause of death has been released, and no other details were immediately available.
The Foo Fighters were on tour in South America and were scheduled to play in Bogotá, Colombia, on Friday night at the Festival Estéreo Picnic when Hawkins’ death was announced. The band has canceled its appearance at the festival.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” said a statement from the band. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
Hawkins had played with the Foo Fighters since 1997 alongside frontman and founder of the band Dave Grohl, who was the drummer for Nirvana before Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994.
Prior to joining the Foo Fighters, Hawkins performed with Alanis Morissette and appeared in music videos for her hit singles “You Oughta Know” and “You Learn.”
Hawkins was the Foo Fighters’ drummer beginning with the band’s third album, “There Is Nothing Left to Lose,” released in 1999, and performed in the group’s next seven albums.
Bassist Nate Mendel said last year in an interview with Rolling Stone that Hawkins came into a band that was “pretty scrappy, in general, and kind of acclimated to that for a second, and then was like, ‘Hang on a second, what if we become good?’”
Grohl called Hawkins his “best friend and partner in crime” in his 2021 autobiography, “The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.”
Hawkins’ death quickly drew heartfelt tributes from scores of musicians. Fans were devastated.
Travis Barker recalled Hawkins’ encouragement when he was struggling in Laguna Beach. “I thought you were crazy, but you gave me so much hope and determination,” Barker wrote on Instagram.
“To say I’ll miss you, my friend, isn’t enough,” he added. “Til the next time we talk drums and smoke in the boys room ... Rest in Peace.”
Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello hailed Hawkins’ “unstoppable rock power.” Ozzy Osbourne honored him as “truly a great person and an amazing musician.” Paul Stanley of Kiss said he was “speechless and gutted” by the news.
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side - Ozzy
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news. https://t.co/uQdl04etlp
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 26, 2022
So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins’ passing, what an incredible talent, who didn’t also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway. The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did, Rest In Peace
— FINNEAS (@finneas) March 26, 2022
Thank you people of #Bogota@Festereopicnic_ for the love tonight. We had to play from our hearts for @foofighters & #RIPTaylorHawkins. They're one of the best bands around. We love them and all of you. Thanks for helping us get through a tough night. pic.twitter.com/3lbYN6p9tv
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 26, 2022
GUTTED to hear of our friend and neighbor, Taylor Hawkins departure. In disbelief, like everyone else. He was one of my favorite people, always full of love… he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family, to the Foo’s… #RIPTaylorHawkins#FooFighters
— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) March 26, 2022
God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️ pic.twitter.com/wn2izxn4Vd
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 26, 2022
In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters@Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
Forever missed. pic.twitter.com/PkzEAKvryN
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) March 26, 2022
This was Taylor Hawkins' last text to me: "Ya We’ve yet to fully have a hang -Got a put that shit together before we die" Wise words from my friend- put that shit together! I'm so fucking sad. Another one gone too soon.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 26, 2022
Shit, losing Taylor Hawkins is rough man. He was integral to the Foo Fighters. Shit, this is tough. Rest easy Taylor pic.twitter.com/Etn1lsIIzc
— Andrew Harts (@AndrewHarts) March 26, 2022
The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, and have won 12 Grammy Awards.
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children.
The Foo Fighters’ final performance with Hawkins was last Sunday at Lollapalooza in Argentina, reported Rolling Stone. The video of it can be seen up top at the start of the article.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Taylor Hawkins played in the 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.