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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead At 50

March 26, 2022 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Taylor Hawkins Studio 666 Foo Fighters Image Credit: Open Road Films

It’s a sad day in the world of rock as longtime Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has passed away at the age of 50.

The band sent out a statement which reads: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with 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 in this unimaginably difficult time.

According to Billboard, no cause of death has been revealed at this time. The band were scheduled to perform tonight in Bogota, Colombia as part of the Festival Estereo Picnic, one of the largest festivals in South America. Hawkins was found in his Bogota hotel room. The band subsequently cancelled all of their South American tour dates.

Hawkins replaced William Goldsmith as the drummer for the Foos in 1997 and has been with them ever since. His drums can be heard on such songs as “Everlong,” “All My Life”, “The Pretender” and others, all the way up to their most recent album Medicine at Midnight from last year. With the Foos he won four Grammy awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also recently starred in the film Studio 666, a horror film featuring the entire band playing themselves. In addition to drums, Hawkins also contributed backing vocals for several songs, and has helped write several of the band’s biggest hits.

Outside of the Foo Fighters, Hawkins also performed with Alanis Morissette, as well as providing drums for Coheed and Cambria’s 2007 album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow. He also had solo projects and the side project The Birds of Satan.

Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison and three children.

411 would like to give our condolences to his family, friends and fans.