Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is dead. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the rock band said on Twitter on Saturday night. Hawkins was 50 years old.
The native Texan Hawkins was found dead in a hotel in Bogotá, reported the news magazine “Semana”. The band was supposed to perform at the Estereo Pìcnic music festival there.
“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on forever among all of us,” wrote the Foo Fighters. The band sent their condolences to Hawkins’ wife, children and loved ones and asked that their privacy be respected at this “incredibly difficult time”.
Taylor Hawkins was from Fort Worth, Texas. He was a drummer on tours for many years, including for Alanis Morissette. In 1997 he was brought in by frontman Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana drummer, to join the Foo Fighters, which in the years to come would become one of the most well-known alternative rock bands in the world. As a drummer, Hawkings was involved in some of the biggest Foo Fighters hits, such as “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You”. In 2005 he was dated RhythmMagazine voted best rock drummer.