Taylor Hawkins, drummer for rock group Foo Fighters, has died, the band announced.
The band said they were “devastated by the untimely loss” and asked that his family’s privacy be respected.
Hawkins, 50, played in The Foos for more than two decades with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl alongside Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the official Foo Fighters account tweeted.
“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on in all of us forever.
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this unimaginably difficult time.”
No further details were given about Hawkins’ death, although local media reported that Hawkins had been suffering from chest pains and an ambulance had been called.
At the time of his death, Foo Fighters were touring in South America. The band had played in San Isidro, Argentina last Sunday and were due to perform in Bogota, Colombia on Friday night – the day his death was announced.
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Images on social media showed fans gathering in front of the stage at the Estereo Picnic Festival and placing lit candles on the stage.
The band was scheduled to perform at the Grammys on April 3 and embark on a new tour of North America in May.
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after the band’s former drummer William Goldsmith left.
With them, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Sir Paul McCartney in 2021.
Following the release of their latest album, Medicine At Midnight, the band made a spoof horror film titled Studio 666, in which Hawkins starred alongside his bandmates.
Before joining Foo Fighters, he played drums for Alanis Morissette.
. @TaylorHawkins was really a great person and a great musician. My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, children, family, band and fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
Tributes to Hawkins immediately spilled out onto social media from fellow musicians like Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Idol.
Ozzy Osbourne praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great human being and an amazing musician” and vowed to “see him on the other side”.
“@TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and a great musician,” Osbourne wrote on Twitter.
“My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, children, family, band and fans.
“See you on the other side – Ozzy.”
Sharing a picture of Hawkins Online Idol wrote: “So tragic. Rest in peace Taylor.”
Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972 and grew up in Laguna Beach, California.
He is survived by his wife Alison and their three children.
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