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Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters Drummer, Dead at 50

Taylor Hawkins performs with Foo Fighters in Oakland, CA 2011. Photo by Clay Lancaster

Taylor Hawkins has died a the age of 50, according to Bogota police and his band’s official social media accounts. The energetic and charismatic drummer of Foo Fighters was found dead in his room at the Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Columbia on March 25th.

In a statement made by the Metropolitan Police of Bogota: “The cause of death has yet to be established… according to those close to him, the death could be related t the consumption of drugs.”

Taylor Hawkins performs with Foo Fighters in Sacramento, CA. 2017. Photo by Clay Lancaster

Local reports claim Hawkins called emergency services complaining of chest pains, but was dead by the time medical responders could arrive.

Fans gathered outside of the drummer’s hotel in mourning, and there has already been an outpouring of grief and support from fellow musicians. Foo Fighter’s official announcement 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 tat their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.

Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after the completion of their second album, The Colour and the Shape, and has been the best friend of front man Dave Grohl for the last 25 years. Grohl, formerly the drummer of Nirvana, is unfortunately no stranger to tragic circumstances with the previous deaths of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell (among others).

Foo Fighters had just released their first feature film, Studio 666, and were scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards on April 3rd.

Taylor Hawkins greets fans in Berkeley, CA (2006). Photo by Clay Lancaster.