Longtime Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died. He was 50 years old.
The rock band announced Hawkins’ death on Twitter on Friday. No cause of death was provided.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our Taylor Hawkins,” the band’s statement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.”
A representative for Hawkins told USA TODAY on Friday that no further details are currently available.
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997. On Friday, the band was scheduled to play the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogotá, Colombia. Their next show was scheduled for Lollapalooza Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday.
Recently, Hawkins appeared alongside fellow Foo Fighters – frontman Dave Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and keyboardist Rami Jaffee – in the horror film “Studio 666”, released in February.
The musicians mourned Hawkins’ death on Twitter after the announcement.
“In utter shock and disbelief at the passing of Taylor Hawkins,” wrote Dream Theater co-founder Mike Portnoy posted photos of himself with Hawkins. “I’ve always had so much admiration for him. An amazing drummer and a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around. I’m absolutely disgusted…my deepest condolences to his bandmates and family”
Christian Coma, of the group Black Veil Brides, wrote that he was “so disgusted” by the news.
“He was the nicest guy when I met him, and he was such an influential drummer,” Coma added. “My heart goes out to his family, the Foo Fighters and everyone affected by the loss of a legend.”
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