Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, has died at age 50, according to reports. The news spread quickly through the music industry on Friday night, leaving many in shock.
It’s still unclear what caused the bandmember’s death, but they were on tour in South America when Hawkins was discovered unresponsive in a Bogota, Colombia hotel room. The Foo Fighters had been scheduled to perform at an event in the city, but have now canceled out of the Festival Estéreo Picnic in light of this tragedy.
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After stints with progressive rockers Sylvia and Sass Jordan, as well as two years on tour with Alanis Morissette in support of her classic Jagged Little Pill Album, he teamed up with former Nirvana man Dave Grohl in 1997.
The drums on the first pair of Foo Fighters albums were played by Goldsmith, but Hawkins became an important component of the lineup from the time he joined, playing a significant part in their rise to one of the world’s most popular and best-selling rock bands during the last quarter of a century.
Hawkins would drum on the subsequent seven Foo Fighters albums, beginning with 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose. His presence in the recording process grew more significant over time as he began to sing, percussion, and provide other instrumentals.
Outside of the Foo Fighters, Hawkins has released a solo EP in 2016, one full-length album with side project The Birds of Satan, three Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders releases (with whom he was also lead vocalist), and filled in on Coheed and Cambria’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow after Josh Eppard departed.
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children.
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