Taylor Hawkins, longtime drummer with the Foo Fighters, has died at age 50.
The news was announced in a statement from the band. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the statement reads. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
Foo Fighters are on tour in South America, and they were scheduled to play a festival in Colombia on March 25. They are also scheduled to play Lollapalooza Brasil on March 27.
Born in Texas and raised in Southern California, Hawkins has been with the Foo Fighters since 1997. Before that he played with artists including Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette.
Hawkins also starred in Foo Fighters’ recently released horror film Studio 666.
No cause of death has been released at this time. “Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family,” the band’s statement continues, “and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
Tributes are pouring in on social media. “I loved your spirit and unstoppable rock power,” wrote Tom Morello. “Anyone who knew him will tell you how great he was to be around,” echoed Johnny Marr. “Coolest dude ever,” wrote Questlove. Read more below.
Taylor Hawkins was a terrific drummer with a gorgeous disposition, seemed always to be having the time of his life. I didn't know him well but I know music is lessened by his passing, made duller and smaller. Requiescat.
— steve albini (@electricalWSOP) March 26, 2022
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
Sending love to @foofighters RIP Taylor Hawkins 💔
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) March 26, 2022
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time. pic.twitter.com/wueydCu5gw
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 26, 2022
rip taylor hawkins. one of my favorite drummers. seemed to be a pretty lovely human too.
— Joy Oladokun (@joyoladokun) March 26, 2022
Such sad news about Taylor Hawkins. Anyone who knew him will tell you how great he was to be around. Everybody’s friend. So positive and enthusiastic. He loved music and he loved life. @foofighters
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) March 26, 2022
I’m so sad about this man.
coolest dude ever.
god bless & comfort his family, his bandmates, his friends & all his loved ones.
— Questo (@questlove) March 26, 2022
I love you Taylor Hawkins 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/zW3RnWNl5b
— Nancy Wilson (@NancyWilson) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins singing “Somebody to Love” with Dave Grohl on drums was a highlight of the entirely epic Foo Fighters show at MSG last summer. Just devastating. pic.twitter.com/OKAycVjp21
— tamara (@deadlytravel) March 26, 2022
Throwback to when Taylor Hawkins and the Foo Fighters rick rolled the bigots of Westboro Baptist church…I'm fucking devastated man rip Taylor Hawkins pic.twitter.com/jjL8sqo4Ym
— Cory Landel (@CoryLandel) March 26, 2022
We’ll updated this story as it develops.