Video of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins meeting a dazzled young fan just days before his death has gone viral. On Friday, the band announced the death of Hawkins at the age of 50 in Bogotá, Colombia.
On Tuesday, as part of their South American tour, the group performed in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. Emma Sofía Peralta, 9, is an avid drummer and she waited outside the hotel where the band was staying to catch a glimpse of her idol.
To get his attention, she set up a drum set outside the Sheraton and played for an hour to a cheering crowd, her father explained in a Twitter post. The video that shows Hawkins watching what it was all about and going to meet the girl to the cheers of the crowd.
He then posed for a photo with her which was widely shared on Instagram and Twitter.
His father, posting under the Julius Twitter account, tweeted video of her encounter with Hawkins in a clip that as of Saturday morning had more than 930,000 views.
“Since my daughter found out the Foo Fighters were coming, she started a campaign to meet them,” he wrote in a separate post of a still image of them.
“Today we took his drums to play outside the Sheraton and look who answered his call. Dreams come true.”
In a follow-up post on Saturday, he suggested his daughter was unaware of Hawkins’ passing, as he tweeted: “We are devastated. I don’t know how to tell Emma this.”
Other musicians have paid tribute to Hawkins whose cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne hailed Hawkins as a “great person and incredible musician” tweeting, “My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, kids, family, band and fans.”
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also expressed his condolences and tweeted: “God bless Taylor. Peace and love to all his family and peace and love to the group.”
Hawkins played with the Foo Fighters for over two decades, joining after them on their 1997 album color and shape.
Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney with Foo Fighters in 2021.
“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever,” Foo Fighters said in a statement.
The band was scheduled to perform at the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogotá, Colombia on Friday night, but announced they would not be performing.