Longtime drummer of Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, dies at 50

Taylor Hawkins, drummer of Foo Fighters dies at the age of 50. The same was announced by his band on Twitter Friday. However, his bandmates didn’t reveal the cause of his sudden death.

The death of Hawkins has left the Foo Fighters devastated. They are shaken due to this tragic, untimely loss. The band said that his infectious laughter and musical spirit will always live on even if he is not there. His bandmates also expressed their condolences to his wife and kids. They even urged the media to give his family privacy in this difficult time.

One of Hawkin’s representatives said USA TODAY that there are no further details available on his death.

Hawkins joined Foo Fighters as a drummer in 1997. On Friday, the band was scheduled to perform at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Colombia. The band also had a few other shows lined up, one of which was scheduled to happen in São Paulo, Brazil. They were also selected to play at the Grammy Awards on 3rd April.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with his bandmates in October 2021. He used his speech to honor other musicians like George Michael, Soundgarden, and Jane’s Addiction.

Recently, Hawkins along with his band members also appeared in the horror-comedy film called “Studio 666,” which was released in February.

Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972. However, he was raised in Laguna Beach, California. Before getting his first big break, he played in a small band named Sylvia. He spent the mid-1990s as a drummer for Alanis Morissette. Later in 1997, he joined the Foo Fighters.

Hawkins is survived by his three kids and his wife Alison.

Many artists took to Twitter to express their grief about Hawkins. 

The Nickelback band wrote that they cannot believe that Hawkins is no more. They also sent condolences to his family, bandmates, and everyone else who were touched by his music.

Ozzy Osbourne described Hawkins as a great musician and person. He also wrote that he will meet him on the other side.

FINNEAS expressed how heartbroken he is after getting this tragic news. He described Hawkins as an incredibly talented man. He continued that the world is lucky to have received such great music from him.

Paul Stanley wrote that this news left him gutted and speechless.

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