Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters has died


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 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. 



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