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26th Mar 2022

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died, aged 50

Dave Hanratty

Taylor Hawkins

An incredible talent, may he rest in peace.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has passed away at the age of 50.

Hawkins’ death was confirmed by Foo Fighters via an official statement released at around 3am Irish time on Saturday morning, 26 March.

The band were present in Bogotá, Colombia as part of their South American tour.

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the statement reads.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with 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.”

A cause of death has not been disclosed at this time.

Known for his boundless charisma, relentless energy behind the drum kit and seemingly always having a smile on his face, Hawkins quickly established himself as one of the most exciting drummers in rock music after joining Foo Fighters in 1997.

It’s one thing to have to hold your own in the same band as an already revered drumming legend in Dave Grohl, but Hawkins went the extra mile, emerging as a beloved and innovative force of nature over the course of his career.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Foo Fighters in 2021.

Tributes have poured in for Hawkins from all corners of the musical globe, with the likes of Brian May, Ozzy Osbourne, Miley Cyrus, Tom Morello and many more paying their respects.