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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died, the band confirmed on social media Friday night, saying they were “devastated”.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. Her musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever,” the band said in a statement.
They wrote that “their hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.”
Hawkins was 50 years old.
After Foo Fighters founder and frontman Dave Grohl, Hawkins was probably the band’s most prominent member, appearing alongside Grohl in interviews and playing prominent roles in the band’s videos.
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He also starred in Foo Fighters’ recently released comedy-horror film, “Studio 666,” in which a demonic force in a house the group is staying seizes Grohl and turns him murderous.
The band is currently touring South America and was scheduled to play a gig in Bogota, Colombia on Friday night.
Hawkins’ cause of death was not immediately reported.
Several other legendary musicians have expressed their sadness over the news.
“God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and peace and love band,” Ringo Starr tweeted.
The Smashing Pumpkins tweeted, “Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022. Our deepest condolences to Taylor’s family, fans and of course his band.”
“@TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician,” Ozzy Osbourne wrote. “My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, children, family, band and fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy.”
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Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972, Hawkins grew up in Laguna Beach, California. He played in the small Southern California band Sylvia before landing his first major gig as the drummer for Canadian vocalist Sass Jordan. He then spent the mid-1990s as a touring drummer for Alanis Morissette before Grohl asked him to join the Foo Fighters.
Mariah Haas of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.