Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) has died at 50

Drummer Oliver Taylor Hawkins – widely known for his work with rock giants Foo Fighters – has died at the age of 50, Foo Fighters confirmed today, March 25th, 2022. What caused Hawkins’ death has not been revealed as of this posting.

In a message released on social media, Foo Fighters said:
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.”

Currently on tour in South America, Foo Fighters were scheduled to play ‘Festival Estereo Picnic’ in Bogota, Colombia, tonight, March 25th. Foo Fighter’s festival set in Colombia was, of course, cancelled. The band just performed at ‘Lollapalooza Argentina’ in San Isidro this past Sunday, March 20th, and were confirmed to hit ‘Lollapalooza Brazil’ in São Paulo this Sunday, March 27th.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, replacing drummer William Goldsmith, who contributed to the band from 1995 to 1997. Prior to joining Foo Fighters, Hawkins was the touring drummer for Canadian-American musician, singer, songwriter and actress Alanis Morissette, and also worked with British-born Canadian rock singer Sass Jordan along with progressive experimental band Sylvia. Hawkins also formed his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in 2004.

Hawkins contributed to all Foo Fighters’ studio albums from 1999 to 2021, including top selling albums like ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose,’ ‘One by One,’ and ‘In Your Honor.’ With Hawkins on drums, Foo Fighters have sold over 6 million records in the USA alone.

RIP, Taylor. See a few tributes below.

Featured band photo by Andreas Neumann
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