Taylor Hawkins, a hard-pounding drummer for the multi-platinum rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday. He was 50 years old.
Hawkins was in Bogotá, Colombia to co-star with the Foo Fighters two days before the band’s headlining was set up in Lollapalooza, Brazil on Sunday.
This news was announced on the FooFighters Instagram account. “The Foo Fighters family is overwhelmed by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the announcement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will last forever with all of us. Our hearts are directed at his wife, children, and family, and we have this unimaginable difficulty. Please respect their privacy to the utmost at the right time. “
The cause of death was not revealed.
Hawkins, a member of the Foo Fighters since 1997, joined the band after touring with Alanis Morissette on the hit album “Jugged Little Pills”. Dissatisfied with the former Foo Fighters drummer, Groll contacted his friend Hawkins and asked for his opinion on the replacement. Groll, who played drums with Nirvana, was surprised when Hawkins recommended himself.
“We knew we were going to get along,” Hawkins said shortly after joining OC Weekly, “being in Fu changed my drumming style because I had to adapt.” Added. “I was a little nervous at first, but I got over it … no one can play as well as Dave Grohl. He just has this vision in his head.”
The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Allison, and his three children, Oliver Shane, Annabel, and Everly.
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