Tributes have been flooding in from throughout the rock world following the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The band introduced the heartbreaking information of Hawkins’ death, aged 50, in a press release, saying they have been ‘devastated by the premature loss’.
They requested for privateness of his household to be revered. He’s survived by his spouse Alison and their three youngsters.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” Foo Fighters official account tweeted. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will reside on with all of us endlessly. Our hearts exit to his spouse, youngsters and household, and we ask that their privateness be handled with the utmost respect in this unimaginably tough time.”
Hawkins played in the Foos with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on vocal for more than two decades, alongside Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. He joined Foo Fighters in 1997 following the departure of the band’s previous drummer William Goldsmith. Prior to joining Foo Fighters he had played drums for Alanis Morissette.
No further details about Hawkins’ death were provided. At the time of his death, Foo Fighters were on tour in South America. The band had played in San Isidro, Argentina, last Sunday and were due to perform in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday night – the day his death was announced.
Ozzy Osbourne praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great person and an amazing musician,” and promised to “see him on the other side.” He wrote on Twitter: “@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 – Ozzy.”
Members of rock band Nickelback stated they have been in “utter disbelief” on the information of Hawkins’ death. “Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others,” the band tweeted. “This is so incredibly sad.”
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr additionally expressed his condolences for Hawkins’ household and bandmates. “God bless Taylor,” he wrote. “Peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love.”
Weapons n Roses guitarist Slash posted: “Devastated by the loss of our friend #TaylorHawkins I’ve no words to express all the feelings I have about his passing. But my heart goes out to his family. & his band & friends. RIP Taylor.”
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker shared a photograph of his band assembly up with Hawkins and different Foo Fighters members. “This one hurts,” Travis began earlier than sharing one other submit.
“I don’t have the words. Sad to write this or to never see you again,” he added.
“I’ll never forget Laguna Beach days when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band and you were playing with Alanis.
“You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, “kid you’re a star”. And I believed you have been loopy however you gave me a lot hope and dedication. Years later we toured along with Blink and Foo’s in Australia and I’ve one of the best reminiscences of smoking cigarettes in the restroom of flights we have been on collectively and watching your set each night time. To say I’ll miss you my pal isn’t sufficient. Until the following time we discuss drums and smoke in the boys room … Relaxation In Peace.”