Taylor Hawkins, drummer for multi-platinum rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday. He was 50 years old.
Hawkins was in Bogotá, Colombia to perform with the Foo Fighters, two nights before the band’s headlining show at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday.
The news was announced on the Foo Fighters Instagram account. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the announcement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.”
No cause of death was given.
A member of the Foo Fighters since 1997, Hawkins joined the band after touring with Alanis Morissette for her hit album “Jagged Little Pill.” Unhappy with the original Foo Fighters drummer, Grohl contacted his friend Hawkins for his opinion on a replacement. Grohl, who played drums with Nirvana, was surprised when Hawkins recommended himself.
“We knew we would get along,” Hawkins told OC Weekly shortly after joining, adding that “being in the Foo changed my drumming style because I had to adapt.” He added: “I was a little nervous at first, but I got over that… No one can play better than Dave Grohl. He just has this vision in his head.
The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children: Oliver Shane, Annabelle and Everleigh.
The Times will update this story as information becomes available.