It has sadly been revealed that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died. The iconic drummer was 50 years old at the time of his death, as revealed by the band’s official social media accounts.
An official statement from the Foo Fighters Twitter account reads:
“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.”
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
While a cause of death has not been given, Taylor Hawkins was in the midst of touring with the band when he was confirmed dead after being found unresponsive in his hotel room . He was in Bogotá, Colombia at the time of his death, with the band planning to perform at Lollapalooza Brazil this Sunday. As such, this news is understandably very shocking. Thus, as noted in the statement given by the band, fans should give Taylor Hawkins’ wife, children, and family the privacy and respect they need at this time.
This news also comes not long after the release of Studio 666, a newly-released horror comedy film that starred the entire Foo Fighters band. Hawkins played himself in the film, much like his fellow bandmates. It was quite a tribute to their career, especially considering that Taylor Hawkins performed as their drummer for 25 years out of their total 28 years in existence. Hawkins replaced the band’s original drummer, William Goldsmith, after conflict with Dave Grohl over the drum tracks on The Colour and the Shape led to Goldsmith’s departure. It’s probably an understatement to say that he was a fantastic and key part of their group, and his loss will truly be felt.
He was originally born as Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas, 1972. After being raised in Laguna Beach, California, he would eventually earn a variety of musical gigs. Eventually this led to his participation in the Foo Fighters band. Hawkins is survived by his wife and three children.