Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the rock group Foo Fighters, has died, the band has announced.
The band said it was “devastated by the untimely loss” and asked that their family’s privacy be respected.
Hawkins, 50, played at the Foos with ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on vocals for more than two decades, alongside Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the official Foo Fighters account tweeted.
“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live with us all forever.
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this unimaginably difficult time.”
No further details about Hawkins’ death were provided, although local media reported that Hawkins was suffering from chest pain and an ambulance had been called.
At the time of his death, the Foo Fighters were touring South America. The band had played in San Isidro, Argentina, last Sunday and was due to appear in Bogotá, Colombia, on Friday night, the day his death was announced.
Images on social media showed fans gathered in front of the stage at the Estéreo Picnic festival, with lit candles placed on stage.
The band was scheduled to perform at the Grammys on April 3 and was due to start a new North American tour in May.
Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 following the departure of the band’s previous drummer, William Goldsmith.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with them in 2021 by Sir Paul McCartney.
Following the release of their most recent album, Medicine At Midnight, the band filmed a horror parody film titled Studio 666, in which Hawkins starred alongside his bandmates.
Before joining the Foo Fighters, he had played drums for Alanis Morissette.
Tributes to Hawkins immediately hit social media from other musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Idol.
Ozzy Osbourne praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great person and amazing musician” and promised to “see him on the other side”.
“@TaylorHawkins was a truly great person and amazing musician,” Osbourne wrote on Twitter.
“My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans.
“See you on the other side – Ozzy.”
Sharing a photo of Hawkins online Idol wrote, “So tragic. Rest in peace Taylor.”
Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972 and grew up in Laguna Beach, California.
He is survived by his wife Alison and their three children.