Saturday, March 26, 2022

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died in Bogota, Colombia on March 25 at the age of 50.

"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," shared the band on social media. "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."

The Associated Press reports the Bogota municipal government issued a statement that the city’s emergency center had received a report of a patient with “chest pain”, and that ambulances were sent to the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel, where the band was staying; Bogotá’s Secretary of Health later tweeted that attempts were made by emergency personnel to revive Hawkins before he was declared dead at the scene, and that an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the rocker’s passing.

The Foo Fighters were in Bogota to perform at the Picnic Stereo festival on Friday as part of a series of South American tour dates that were set to wrap up with a March 27 headlining appearance at Lollapalooza Brazil.

Born in Fort Worth, TX, and raised in California, Hawkins played locally before joining Sass Jordan’s band and, later, toured with Alanis Morissette in the mid-1990s.

The drummer joined Foo Fighters in 1997; he appeared on the group’s third album, 1999’s “There Is Nothing Left To Lose”, the first of eight studio records with the band up to and including 2021’s “Medicine At Midnight.”

Hawkins branched out in 2006 as a solo artist, launching Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, who would go on to issue three albums; he also began a classic rock covers band called Chevy Metal and its offshoot, The Birds Of Satan, and, recently formed the supergroup NHC with Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney.

Taylor also contributed to records by a number of artists, including Brian May of Queen, Slash, Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, and Coheed and Cambria, among others.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2021 as a member of the Foo Fighters.

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