'I’ll never forget': Paul McCartney mourns Taylor Hawkins, reflects on Rock Hall induction
Paul McCartney is mourning the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died unexpectedly Friday at age 50.
The percussionist was found dead in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, as the band was expected to play at a festival that evening. The Foo Fighters announced his death on social media and have since canceled the rest of their tour dates in order to grieve the loss of their bandmate of more than 20 years.
McCartney posted a tribute to Hawkins on Instagram Wednesday, calling it a "shock" and reflecting on fond times they shared as well as the unforgettable night he inducted Hawkins and the rest of the Foo Fighters crew into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Taylor’s sudden death came as a shock to me and the people who knew and loved him," McCartney wrote. "Not only was he a GREAT drummer but his personality was big and shiny and will be sorely missed by all who were lucky to live and work alongside him."
The Foo Fighters called on McCartney to play drums for their 2017 track "Sunday Rain," which appeared on the band's "Concrete and Gold" album.
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In McCartney's post, he reflected on the time he spent with Hawkins as he took over his Foo Fighters drum duty, calling it "an incredible session and cemented my relationship with Taylor and the guys."
The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October and asked McCartney, who was inducted in 1999, to do the honors. During the ceremony, McCartney joined them as the band covered the Beatles' song "Get Back."
"Taylor provided a powerhouse drum part. I’ll never forget that night," McCartney wrote. "All of which made it much more of a desperately sad shock to hear he had died. So thanks Taylor for sharing some glorious minutes with me. You were a true Rock and Roll hero and will always remain in my heart."
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Early toxicology reports from Colombia's Attorney General's Office found 10 different substances in Hawkins body when he was found dead. The urine toxicology test indicated the presence of "THX (Marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, among others," a statement from the office said.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of fame dedicated an Instagram post Saturday to Hawkins after his death, writing: "Taylor's unmatched musical skills and boundless energy made every song monumental, and those who were fortunate to experience his electric onstage charisma and personal warmth were forever changed for the better."
Contributing: Amy Haneline
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Taylor Hawkins: Paul McCartney mourns, recalls Rock Hall induction