The ultra-popular rock band Foo Fighters announced on Friday night, March 25, that their longtime drummer, Taylor Hawkins, died at the age of 50. No details about the circumstances surrounding his death have been revealed in the group’s Twitter message, which was published on a black background.
The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely death of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. is it written. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever. »
“Our thoughts go out to his wife, children and family, and we pray that their privacy will be treated with the utmost respect in this incredibly difficult time.”, ends the message. Taylor Hawkins leaves behind his wife Alison and their three children.
The band was barely on tour in Latin America. After playing in Mexico, Chile and Argentina, he was to perform in Bogota, Colombia on Friday for the Estéreo Picnic Festival and on Sunday in Brazil.
The drummer’s body “is there and at the moment we have no other information”told Agence France-Presse (AFP) a source from the prosecution’s office in Bogota, on condition of anonymity, talking about the Casa Medina Hotel, located in the eastern part of the Colombian capital.
The festival shared the band’s statement and posted a message on social media saying that after one “very serious medical fact, Foo Fighters will not be able to present themselves for this [vendredi] evening and have canceled the rest of their South American tour “.
A prominent figure of the rock band
Tributes have multiplied in the world of music. The legendary Ozzy Osbourne paid tribute to him “a wonderful person and an amazing musician”rocker Billy Idol called the news one “tragic”while Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello praised “unstoppable rock power” of the deceased.
After Foo Fighters founder and frontman Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins was the band’s most prominent member, appearing alongside the singer and guitarist in interviews and playing prominent roles in the band’s videos.
He also starred in the group’s recently released comedy-horror film, Study 666, where a demonic force in a house where the group resides, grabs Dave Grohl and makes him murderous. Taylor Hawkins and other members of the group – Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel – are killed one by one. The idea for the film was born from their work on their tenth studio album in a house in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.
Ex-drummer for Alanis Morissette
Taylor Hawkins was the Foo Fighters’ drummer for 25 of the band’s 28-year existence, followed by the original drummer William Goldsmith in 1997. Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972, he grew up in Laguna Beach, California. He played in the small Southern California band Sylvia before landing his first major concert as drummer for Canadian singer Sass Jordan.
He then spent the mid-1990s as a touring drummer for Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, before Dave Grohl asked him to join the Foo Fighters because of his very dynamic and powerful style. This is the second time Grohl has had a member of his band die, following the 1990s grunge icon Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, in 1994.
It was after Cobain’s death that then-drummer Dave Grohl founded Foo Fighters and took on the role of guitarist and vocalist. It is now one of the most popular rock bands in the world and one of the most played on American radio.