The Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, has passed away. He was 50 years old. News of Hawkins’ passing comes from the band’s social media accounts. The band have provided this statement:
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
At the time of this writing, there is no other statement confirming Hawkins’ cause of death.
Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born February 17th, 1972. Prior to joining the Foo Fighters, from June of 1995 to March of 1997, Hawkins was the drummer for Alanis Morissette on her tours supporting Jagged Little Pill, as well as her Can’t Not tour.
Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in time to be part of their third studio album, 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose. As the Foo Fighters drummer, Hawkins provided his talent and skills to the band’s seven following studio albums. The band released a new metal album as of today called Dream Widow.
The Foo Fighters drummer was also a part of several other side creative projects throughout his career. To name a few examples of his incredible work: He recorded drum tracks for Coheed and Cambria, he was part of a band called SOS Allstars (which involved Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers), and he released three albums under his own project, titled Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders.
The Foo Fighters drummer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney with Foo Fighters last year.
We send our love to Hawkins’ family, friends, and the band.
Words by: Michael Pementel