Taylor Hawkins, drummer for Foo Fighters, has died, the band has confirmed. No cause of death has been announced; early reports say the star was found unresponsive in his hotel room ahead of a scheduled festival appearance in Bogota, Colombia.
"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," the band said in a statement.
"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 unimaginable difficult time."
Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, after a successful stint in Alanis Morrisette's touring band. He made his recorded Foos debut on 1999's There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and quickly became central to the band's success, with writing credits on every subsequent album.
His own band, Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders. released three albums. 2019's Get the Money, featured collaborations with a slew of star names including Dave Grohl, Roger Taylor, Joe Walsh, LeAnn Rimes, Nancy Wilson, Duff McKagan, Steve Jones and Chrissie Hynde.
Hawkins also released music as The Birds Of Satan, another all-star project and his “professional wedding band” Chevy Metal.
When we spoke to Hawkins in 2014 he reflected on his career to date. “Rather than feeling proud," he said then, "I always tend to attribute anything successful I’ve done to simply being in the right place at the right time but, on reaching this anniversary [of 20 years as a pro drummer], I did allow myself a moment to reflect on how amazing the whole journey has been...
"I’ve worked hard, but this business can be tough, and I just consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the career that I have, and to still be having so much fun playing drums and making music.”
On playing with Foo Fighters, the ever-modest star said "To be honest, I think the fact that I even get to play drums on Foo Fighters’ records is kind of astounding, considering one of the greatest drummers of all time is the lead singer of the band and could easily do it by himself!"
As the Rock World starts to process this shocking news, the tributes are starting to flow. Queen guitarist Brian May posted about "Our friend, our brother, our beloved child." and Tom Morello paid tribute to Hawkins' "unstoppable rock power", while Ozzy Osbourne said he "was truly a great person and an amazing musician".
Taylor Hawkins: stars pay tribute
. @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 - OzzyMarch 26, 2022
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3eMarch 26, 2022
God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️ pic.twitter.com/wn2izxn4VdMarch 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band. pic.twitter.com/qlEaQK0uuiMarch 26, 2022