Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins ‘one of the last true rock star drummers of our time’

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has been pronounced dead at his hotel in Colombia after paramedics struggled to revive him after reports of a man suffering from “chest pain”, it was announced.

The rock group were playing in Argentina last Sunday and were due to perform in Bogota on Friday night as part of their South American tour when Hawkins’ death was announced.

In a statement, the Bogota Municipality said the city’s emergency center received a report of a patient suffering from “chest pain” and dispatched an ambulance Friday night.

Paramedics tried to revive Hawkins but there was no response and he was pronounced dead at his hotel in northern Bogota, the statement added.

The band, led by former Nirvana star Dave Grohl, said they were “devastated by the untimely loss” and asked that Hawkins’ family’s privacy be respected.

Tributes from music industry titans have arrived, with Queen drummer Roger Taylor likening his death to “losing a favorite younger brother”.

“He was a kind, brilliant man and an inspirational mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend anyone could have. Devastated,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May said he was “heartbroken”, adding Hawkins is “family to us”.

Hawkins will appear on May’s upcoming remastered second solo album, Another World Revisited.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker recalled the days Hawkins played with Alanis Morissette before playing for the Foo Fighters, adding that he was “sad” he would never see him again.

“I’ll never forget the days in Laguna Beach when I was a trashman and played in a punk rock band and you played with Alanis.

“You would come to watch me play in bars and say, ‘Boy, you’re a star.’

“And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination.

“Years later we toured Australia with Blink and Foos and I have fondest memories of smoking cigarettes in the toilets of flights we were on together and watching your set every night.

“To say I will miss you my friend is not enough. See you next time we drum and smoke in the boys room.”

Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose said Hawkins was a “really great guy, drummer and family man”, adding that he was “really saddened” by the news of his death.

Rolling Stones singer Sir Mick Jagger also paid tribute, writing: “So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time.”

Meanwhile, Duran-Duran star Roger Taylor has said Hawkins is one of the last true “rock star drummers of our time.”

“Whenever I saw Taylor play, I realized that he embodied the spirit of punk coupled with amazing technique and skill.

“I was truly honored to hear that you were in the audience at our recent show in Vegas. The California surf will miss you too, Taylor,” he added.

Liam Gallagher, former frontman of rock band Oasis, said he was “devastated to hear the sad news” along with rock band Biffy Clyro, musician Billy Idol and Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr, who all tweeted their condolences .

Ozzy Osbourne, who found fame in Black Sabbath, praised Hawkins as a “great human being and an amazing musician” and promised to “see him on the other side”.

While guitarist Tony Iommi, also of heavy metal band Black Sabbath, said Hawkins’ death was a “terrible loss”.

He added: “I woke up this morning to hear the terrible news of Taylor Hawkins’ death. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player.”

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello said: “I loved your spirit and unstoppable rock power. Rest in peace my friend.”

Rock band Green Day’s guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong added that he was “shocked and devastated”.

Meanwhile, pop star Miley Cyrus, who also performed in Bogota this week, said her next show will be dedicated to Hawkins.

Cyrus posted an Instagram Story with a picture of The Pretenders song Brass In Pocket, adding, “My favorite memory of Taylor is dancing around his drum kit while playing along to this song and imagining it repeatedly as we laugh , love forever.”

Vamps drummer Tristan Evans added it was a “sad day for drummers”.

He added: “I remember seeing Taylor for the first time and being mesmerized by his talent and showmanship. It was an experience I will never forget.”

Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds said the shock news was “incredibly heartbreaking” and that Hawkins always seems to “smile that big, beautiful smile”.

Hawkins played in the Foos for more than two decades, along with Grohl on vocals and guitar and bandmates Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.

He joined in 1997 after the band’s former drummer William Goldsmith left.

In a tweet from the Foo Fighters official account, they said, “His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on forever for all of us.”

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.


Fans of the US band Foo Fighters place lights in front of the hotel where the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead in Bogota, Colombia (Leonardo Munoz/AP)

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. Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins ‘one of the last true rock star drummers of our time’

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