Today brings tragic news for rock fans, as legendary Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has passed away.
At only age 50, Hawkins was found dead in a hotel in Bogota, Colombia. His cause of death is still being investigated, but came as a complete shock.
Hawkins was reportedly in good health and not suffering from illnesses. He had past battles with addiction, however, which some believe may be related to his untimely passing.
According to reports, Hawkins was found unresponsive in his room on Friday evening. First responders reacted quickly, but he was confirmed dead. Fans began gathering to pay respects to the iconic drummer.
As for the Foo Fighters, they said they will remember and celebrate Hawkins “forever” and they cancelled their Friday night show in Bogota. They are supposed to play in Brazil tomorrow on Sunday, but it’s likely this will also be cancelled.
Hawkins was born in 1972 in Forth Worth, Texas. He moved to Laguna Beach in California as a young kid, which is where he grew up. He had a passion for drumming, and eventually joined on with famous musicians, including Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette and her monster hit album Jagged Little Pill.
Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997, after the departure of former drummer William Goldsmith, who wasn’t getting along well with lead singer Dave Grohl.
Although Grohl expected Hawkins would stay with Morrissette – who was more famous at the time – the ambitious drummer took a risk and joined up with the Foo Fighters instead.
The rest is history, as the Foo Fighters have gone on to become one of the most famous rock bands in the world, loved by millions. Hawkins death now leaves a giant hole.
One of the greatest drummers to ever play died today. He was an insane player, and the drummer in a band for arguably one of the best of all time. He deserves recognition regardless of the cause of death. Long live Taylor Hawkins. Even if you’re not a fan, raise a glass. https://t.co/G1a6i39jnn
— Totally Kyle (@Kyle_Chamber) March 26, 2022
Cause of Death Being Investigated
It’s not clear at this time why Hawkins died.
Fans are speculating it was either an unexpected medical incident or drug-related. Drugs are being investigated as a possible COD (cause of death), since Hawkins already had a past heroin overdose in the summer of 2001 and ended up in a coma for half a month.
Hawkins said at the time, it was a result of too much “partying” and heavy drug use. The overdose was a wake-up call and “changing point,” Hawkins said, which led to him getting off drugs.
Could he have had a relapse? It’s certainly possible.
Some are also blaming the Foo Fighters requiring the vaccine for all band members and audience members, noting that adverse effects to the vaccine have been noted.
However, this is unproven speculation. Hawkins himself had expressed distrust of vaccine safety in the past, calling into question whether he even ended up getting the COVID vaccines.
In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
Rest in Peace
Hawkins is survived by his three kids, Oliver, Everleigh and Annabelle. Rest in peace.