Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the rock group Foo Fighters, was remembered by music industry titans after his death as a “kind, brilliant man” and “amazing musician”.
The 50-year-old was playing on the South American leg of the band’s world tour when his sudden death was announced on Saturday.
The band said they were “devastated by the untimely loss” and asked that his family’s privacy be respected.
Tributes poured in from music industry heavyweights, describing the news as “heartbreaking”.
Queen drummer Roger Taylor likened Hawkins’ 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.
Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “No. It can not be. Broken heart. Taylor, you were family to us.
“Our friend, our brother, our beloved child. Bless you. We will miss you so much.”
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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker recalled the days Hawkins played with Alanis Morissette before joining 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.
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP Brother LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
“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.”
Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher, former frontman of rock band Oasis, said he was “devastated to hear the sad news,” along with rock band Biffy Clyro, who tweeted their condolences.
Rest In Peace Taylor Hawkins 💔
— Biffy Clyro (@BiffyClyro) March 26, 2022
Ozzy Osbourne, who rose to fame in rock band Black Sabbath, praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great human being and a great musician” and vowed to “see him on the other side.”
“My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, children, family, band and fans.
. @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
“See you on the other side – Ozzy,” he wrote on Twitter.
Musician Billy Idol shared a picture of Hawkins online, adding: “So tragic. Rest in peace Taylor.”
Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters actor Paul Feig also shared a tribute on Twitter, writing: “He was on par with Bonham and Moon and was so much of what made Foo Fighters the biggest rock band on earth.
“This is such a big loss for music. Sending so much love to his family and the band. Damned.”
Shocking news about Taylor Hawkins’ death. He was on par with Bonham and Moon and was so much of what made the Foo Fighters the biggest rock band on earth. This is such a big loss for music. Sending so much love to his family and the band. Damned. https://t.co/TcAFhSEcw1
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 26, 2022
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.
In a tweet from their official Foo Fighters account, they said: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.
“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.
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.
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.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/huge-loss-for-music-as-foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-dies-at-50-41489868.html ‘Huge loss to music’ as Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins dies aged 50