Tributes paid to Taylor Hawkins after Foo Fighters drummer dies, aged 50
After this weekend’s sad and shocking news that Taylor Hawkins had passed away at the age of 50, tributes have been pouring onto social media for the Foo Fighters drummer since his death was announced on Saturday in an emotional statement from the band.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” said the statement, adding that Hawkins’ “musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”
Foo Fighters has been scheduled to perform at Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia, where local emergency services confirmed that they had received a call regarding a patient suffering from chest pains, and that they had “carried out resuscitation maneuvers” on Hawkins before he was declared dead at the scene.
The news sent shockwaves throughout an industry in which Hawkins was a popular and well-liked figure, known for his generosity and positivity. Queen duo Brian May and Roger Taylor were among those to pay tribute to Hawkins, with Taylor describing him as “an inspiration and a mentor” to his son Rufus, now a member of The Darkness, and May – with whom Hawkins worked on a restoration of Dennis Wilson’s ‘Holy Man’ – stating that he was “heartbroken” and referring to Hawkins as “family to us”.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher were among those to pay tribute to Hawkins in the wake of Saturday’s announcement, some of which you can find below…
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side - Ozzy— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time. pic.twitter.com/wueydCu5gw— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 26, 2022
We are terribly sorry to learn of the loss of our friend and musical brother Taylor Hawkins. So sorry to his family, Dave and the Foo family, and to the legions of his fans. Like everyone who knew him, we loved him. Rock Music wont be the same without him. pic.twitter.com/MXE5yGmy2O— weezer (@Weezer) March 26, 2022