Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of Foo Fighters, has died at the age of 50, the band has announced.
The musician has played in the rock group for more than two decades, alongside fellow members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
They said they have been “devastated by the untimely loss” of Taylor.
At the time of his death, Foo Fighters were on tour in South America, and had been due to perform in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday night – the day his death was announced.
Taylor on stage in Australia earlier this month
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In a statement shared on social media, the band said: “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.”
No further details about Taylor’s death were provided.
Taylor was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972 and raised in Laguna Beach, California.
He joined Foo Fighters in 1997 following the departure of the band’s previous drummer William Goldsmith.
Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters
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Prior to joining the band – known for hits like Times Like These and Best Of You – he had played drums for Alanis Morissette.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Foo Fighters in 2021 by Sir Paul McCartney.
Following his death, tributes poured into on social media…
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
Taylor is survived by his wife Alison and their three children.
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