Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the rock band said on Twitter on Saturday night. Hawkins was 50 years old.
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“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live forever among all of us,” the band continued. The Foo Fighters offered their condolences to his wife, children and loved ones and asked that their privacy be respected at this “incredibly difficult time.” The group did not comment on the cause of death.
The musician was found dead in a hotel in Bogotá, the news magazine “Semana” reported online this Friday (local time). The band was supposed to perform at the Estereo Pìcnic music festival there. The band is currently on a world tour and is making stops in South America. A German concert in Berlin was also planned for the summer.
British cult rocker Ozzy Osbourne (73, Black Sabbath) praised Hawkins as a “great person and amazing musician”. Osbourne expressed his condolences to Hawkins’ family, band and fans on Twitter, adding, “See you on the other side, Ozzy.” of Hawkins on Twitter and wrote: ‘So tragic. He rests in peace.”
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor, 72, likened Hawkins’ death to Instagram to the loss of a favorite younger brother. “He was a kind, brilliant and inspiring mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend anyone could have. Devastated.” Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (81) also expressed his condolences to Hawkins’ family and bandmates.
Hawkins has performed with the Foo Fighters, one of America’s most influential and critically acclaimed alternative rock bands, since 1997. He was featured as a drummer on some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You”. The American musician previously sat on drums for Canadian singer Alanis Morissette until frontman Dave Grohl, a former Nirvana drummer, caught him. (dpa, afp)