Stars pay tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as ‘more than a rock king’

Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr paid tribute to tragic Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, who died on Friday at the age of 50

Taylor on the sticks
The star died just days after performing in Argentina, where he stepped out from behind his drum kit to sing Queen’s Somebody to Love

Taylor Hawkins was more than just a rock king, Queen legend Roger Taylor said tonight, describing his fellow drummer as a brilliant sidekick who was like family.

Foo Fighters star Taylor, 50, died Friday just days after performing in Argentina where he stepped out from behind his drum kit to sing Queen’s Somebody to Love.

It was a nod he regularly gave to his favorite band.

Roger said his death felt “like losing a favorite younger brother,” adding, “He was a kind, brilliant man and the best friend anyone could ever have.”

Queen guitarist Brian May said he was heartbroken to lose his “friend, brother, our beloved child”.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, 81, also paid tribute: “God bless Taylor, peace and love to his family and the band.”

Foo Fighters star Taylor, 50, died on Friday

The rockers had stayed at a hotel in the Colombian capital, Bogota, ahead of a performance at the city’s Estereo Picnic Festival.

Staff called emergency services after Taylor complained of chest pains, but he was dead when medics arrived.

It is suspected to be drug related.

He is survived by his wife Alison and children Oliver (16), Annabelle (13) and Everleigh (8).

It’s the second tragedy to have struck Foos frontman Dave Grohl, following the suicide of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain in 1994.

Hawkins and bandmate Dave Grohl


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In a statement yesterday, the band said: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on with us forever.”

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was among other music greats to pay tribute.

He said: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Taylor Hawkins. He was a really great guy, drummer and father of a family.”

Ringo Starr paid tribute to his fellow drummer


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Chris Martin wiped away a tear as he dedicated a performance of Coldplay’s Everglow to Taylor in Mexico, calling him a “handsome, handsome man”.

Singer Liam Gallagher said he was “absolutely devastated” by Taylor’s death, while Ozzy Osbourne called him “a great person and an amazing musician”.

Mick Jagger added he was “incredibly sad”. And Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi said: “What a terrible loss for all of us.”

The Foo Fighters were scheduled to play in São Paulo, Brazil tonight.

The remainder of their South American tour has now been cancelled.

They will play four sold-out dates in the UK over the summer.

Bogota police said the cause of Taylor’s death is not yet clear, but “according to those close to him … could be drug related.”

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