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Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters drummer, dies at 50

Taylor Hawkins 2018
Taylor Hawkins performing in 2018. CC BY 2.0. Credit: Raph_PH

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50 while on tour in South America with the band. Although details of his death have not been revealed, a statement posted by the band called the loss “tragic and untimely”.

Foo Fighters were scheduled to play in Bogota, Colombia on Friday night. Emergency vehicles were reported to be outside the hotel in Bogota where Hawkins is believed to have been staying.

Hawkins was born February 17, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was raised in California where he played in the band Sylvia and eventually landed his first big drumming gig with singer Sass Jordan. He went on to tour with Alanis Morissette before joining Foo Fighters in 1997.

In 2004, Hawkins formed Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, releasing three studio albums with the group. In 2021, Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney formed a supergroup dubbed NHC. Their EP Intakes & Outtakes is due out in 2022.

Following news of Hawkins’ death, numerous musicians and celebrities took to social media to express their grief.

Hawkins is survived by his wife, Alison, and three children.

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