Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dies in Bogotoa, Colombia, Hotel


Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at age 50, the band announced late Friday. “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,” the group said in a statement on their official Twitter account.

“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 statement read. The band will no longer be performing their scheduled gig at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia.

Local news reports said Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room at Hotel Casa Medina, and that judicial police and forensic investigators were at the scene.

El Tiempo quoted Bogota police as saying the cause of death had yet to be determined, but that investigators were looking into whether “the consumption of narcotic substances” was involved.

Authorities transport Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins body from a hotel in Bogota.

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Last year, Hawkins spoke about his past battle with drugs after he overdosed on heroin in 2001 and landed in a weeks-long coma.

“I was partying in London one night and I accidentally did something and it changed everything,” he told Kerrang in 2021. “I believed the damn myth of living hard and fast, dying young.

“I’m not here to preach not to do drugs because I loved to do drugs, but I just got out of control for a while and it almost got me.

“I was on a path that would lead to even worse paths. Whether someone is sober, or likes a glass of wine with dinner, or wants a bottle of Jagermeister before going on stage, or likes to smoke Doobies all day, everyone has their own path, and I’ve gone too far.

“I’m glad it was knocked on the head at this point. I also wouldn’t take anything away from what I’ve done or been through because it’s all part of the journey and the journey. I try to be as open as I can be.”

Taylor Hawkins performs at the 2021 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO.

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Tributes immediately came pouring in for the rock legend from fans and fellow musicians, with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello among the first to share his shock on Twitter.

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend,” Morello tweeted.

Miley Cyrus announced on Instagram that she would be dedicating her next concert to the drummer.

Former Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG x.”

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also paid tribute to Hawkins.

“God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love.”

Ozzy Osbourne followed suit, writing that Hawkins “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,” he wrote.