Taylor Hawkins, the spirited drummer of the Foo Fighters for more than two decades has died. He was 50.
On Friday the band was scheduled to perform in Bogotá, Colombia. Just as fans were gathering to hear the band around 11pm, an announcement came that the band would not be performing that night. About ten minutes later news broke that Hawkins had died.
The cause of death was not disclosed. Hawkins leaves behind his wife Alison, and their three children.
The Foo Fighters formed in 1994, led by Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana. Three years later Taylor Hawkins joined the band after being the drummer for Alanis Morrisette’s group.
“The second I heard ‘You Oughta Know,’ I was like, ‘I’m in that band!’”
Hawkins occasionally handled vocals for the Foo Fighters, including originals and some covers.
Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021, in their first year of eligibility.