Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, died on Friday, the rock band said. He was 50 years old at the time.
Hawkins’ sudden death has left the band, which was formed by lead vocalist Dave Grohl, saddened, according to a tweet.
The band announced in a statement that “his musical passion and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”
Foo Fighters Who Died Taylor Hawkins Today?
Taylor Hawkins, the hard-pounding drummer for the multi-platinum rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday at the age of 28. A fifty-year-old man, he was. Two nights before the Foo Fighters’ headline performance at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday, Hawkins was in Bogota, Colombia, to perform with them.
The band’s statement did not specify the cause of death. Hawkins was a beloved member of the rock band, according to the band.
“In this impossibly difficult time, our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect,” the band wrote.
The Foo Fighters were supposed to perform at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday, but the show was cancelled.
Hawkins lived in California after being born in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining the Foo Fighters, he was a member of the Orange County band Sylvia and later worked as a drummer for Sass Jordan. As Alanis Morissette’s drummer, he also toured with her. In 1997, he joined the Foo Fighters.
Hawkins also acted in Foo Fighters’ newly released horror comedy “Studio 666,” in which a demonic force seizes Grohl and turns him violent in the mansion where the band is staying.
Last year, the Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Best of You,” “My Hero,” “Learn to Fly,” and “All My Life” are among the band’s hits.
Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana, a legendary and influential grunge rock band. After Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 and the band disbanded, he formed the Foo Fighters.
Hawkins recalls meeting Grohl for the first time at a Christmas gig in an interview with music outlet NME.
“In a strange way, Dave and I looked like long-lost brothers.” “I don’t know why, but we shared a similar vibe,” Hawkins reflected in the 2021 cover storey.
“It was instantaneous,” he remembered, “to the point where Alanis Morrisette asked, ‘What are you going to do when Dave wants you to be the drummer in the Foo Fighters?'”
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine was among those offering condolences and remembrances on Friday, tweeting, “I adored your energy and your relentless rock force.”
Hawkins was described by Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath as “really a terrific person and an amazing musician.”
“So terrible,” Billy Idol tweeted. “Rest in peace Taylor,” Rick Springfield tweeted, “and rest in peace Taylor.” To your family, I wish you peace, love, and light.”
Hawkins is survived by his three children and wife, Alison.
The Foo Fighters are one of the artists set to perform at the Grammy Awards on April 3rd, 2022.
For “Making A Fire,” the band is up for a Grammy for best rock performance, and members of the band, including Hawkins, are up for a songwriters award for “Waiting On A War.” “Medicine At Midnight” has also earned the band a nomination for best rock album.