Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died last Friday in Colombia. The 50 yrs old man died whiles the famous rock band was on a tour in South America. Releasing the information via their Instagram handles, the Foo Fighters wrote;
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the Foo Fighters wrote in an Instagram statement announcing the news. “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.” No cause of death was given in their statement, and Bogotá officials say they are still investigating his death.
Hawkins was to perform with the band on the night of his death.
According to a press release, local health officials sent an ambulance to Hawkins’ hotel after a guest complained of chest pains. “However, there was no response, and the patient was declared deceased,” the statement read. The Foo Fighters were also scheduled to headline an event at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday.
Know in real life as Oliver Taylor Hawkins, he was born in 1972. Born in Texas, the drummer grew upon California where he began his career in music.
After drumming for the experimental band Sylvia and for rock singer Sass Jordan, he joined Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill tour in 1995. He appeared in multiple of Morissette’s music videos and toured with her again. When drummer William Goldsmith left the Foo Fighters, front man Dave Grohlreached out to ask Hawkins to recommend a replacement. Hawkins himself volunteered and officially became a member of the rock band in March 1997.
A versatile musician, Hawkins garnered vocal, guitar, and piano credits on multiple Foo Fighters songs. Notably, he provided lead vocals for “Cold Day in the Sun,” a song he wrote that became a fan favorite on live tours. In 2004, he founded a rock band of his own called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. The side project would go on to record three studio albums, which he supplied drums and vocals for. Other musical endeavors over the course of Hawkins’s career included a cover band called Chevy Metal and another side project called the Birds of Satan.
In 2021, he and Dave Navarro coined the term “yacht goth” to describe the sound of their new supergroup, NHC. That same year, Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Foo Fighters member. The drummer is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children.