Taylor Hawkins the Amazing Foo Fighters Drummer Dead at 50

Taylor Hawkins drummer of one of my favourite bands ever, Foo Fighters died aged 50 during their South American tour. He died on March 25, 2022, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters singer, and ex. Nirvana drummer, said, “His music is infectious laughter that will stay alive forever”.

I feel really sad hearing about his death. I live in Melbourne, and Foo Fighters played here in Australia, in Geelong a few days ago.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to that gig, and I didn’t, cause I already saw them a few times in Milan, when I was living in Italy.

Taylo Hawkins Dave Grohl
Taylo Hawkins Dave Grohl

The Foo Fighter’s family has devastated Taylor Hawkins’ tragic death. “His music spirit will be remembered forever”.

In Colombia, at the festival where the Foo Fighters were supposed to perform, news of the death leaked out slowly, Diego Báez, a 33-year-old fan, said.

The concert organisers announced the performance was cancelled for medical reasons at first, but minutes later, fans learned Hawkins died through social media.

Grohl called Hawkins an “unstoppable rock power”. His energy was immense and his scenic presence on the stage was unmatched.

“Some cried. Others were sad, astonished, moved. It was a very powerful moment,” Mr Baéz said. It’s a tragic and untimely loss for rock all music fans.

A screen projected the words “Taylor Hawkins forever” while the Foo Fighters song My Hero played.

I feel sad. If I had known he would pass away I would have gone to see one of my favourite bands playing together for the last time. But life is random, and sometimes unexpected things happen without notice.

He seemed happy and did a great show here in Australia. One of my favourite bands here Amyl and the Sniffers opened their gig in Geelong as main supporters, and it was so exciting to know a local punk band opening for one of the most famous bands in the world.

They were supposed to go on tour together, but I’m not sure if it’s gonna happen now.

Toxicology test finds 10 psychoactive substances in Foo Fighters drummer Olivier Taylor Hawkins’ body

Foo Fighters rock drummer Taylor Hawkins died of an overdose of 10 psychoactive substances, a toxicology report has found.

The 50-year-old’s body was found at his home in Bogotá, Colombia, on 25 March 2022.

Hawkins Drums Playing Smile
Taylor Hawkins Playing Drums Smile

The report, released by the Colombian authorities, said Hawkins had died of “acute intoxication by drugs”.

It said the substances found in his body included alcohol, cocaine, MDMA, ketamine, LSD and methamphetamine.

The report said Hawkins had taken “a large quantity” of the drugs before his death.

Our beloved Taylor Hawkins Personal life

Taylor was a amazing musician from the US who was known for playing drums in the band the Foo Fighters between 1999 and 2022.

Previously he had played as the drummer of the progressive experimental bands Sylvia and Sass Jordan.

The singer grew up as a drummer and singer, with Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders releasing his own album between 2006 and 2019.

Hawkins married Alison a decade later. During the marriage, there were 3 sons and two daughters – Oliver Annabell and Everleigh.

They lived in Hidden Hills California after their relocation from the top and cliffs in 2011. Hawkins overdosed at the hands of heroin dealers in August 2001.

Taylor Hawkins Drumming Style

Hawkins’ drumming style has been praised by critics. In a review of the Foo Fighters’ 2001 album One by One, Rolling Stone said that Hawkins “sounds like he’s been playing with the Foos forever”.

Taylor Hawkins Drum Solo Hyde Park Foo Fighters

The magazine said that Hawkins’ drumming was “the secret weapon” on the album.

In a review of the band’s 2005 album In Your Honor, Alternative Press said that Hawkins was “one of rock’s most solid and inventive drummers”.

The magazine said that Hawkins had “a style that’s all his own”.

Taylor Hawkins Recalls When Axl Rose Told Him That Dave Grohl Is The Greatest Drummer Of The ‘90s

Axl Rose Dave Grohl Taylor Hawkins 2021 Om Stage
Axl Rose Dave Grohl Taylor Hawkins 2021 Om Stage

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recalled the time when he was told by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose that Dave Grohl is the greatest drummer of the ’90s.

In an interview with Loud magazine, Hawkins said:

“I remember being in a hotel room with Axl Rose and he was like, ‘You know, Dave Grohl is the greatest drummer of the ’90s.’ I was like, ‘What?! No way!

Taylor Hawkins drumming Influences

Taylor Hawkins said his drumming was most closely influenced by classic rock drummers like Phil Collins of Genesis.

In a 2006 interview, Hawkins said: “I grew up on Genesis and Phil Collins was probably my favourite drummer when I was a kid.

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders – His side project

I liked the way he played the drums. He had this kind of soul to his playing that I really liked.”

Let us Hawkins once served as a guest publisher on Rhythm and interviewed Collins Copeland, Taylor and Perkins.

In 1999, Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters as their drummer, replacing William Goldsmith. He has appeared on all of the band’s studio albums since then.

Foo Fighters Band With Taylor
Foo Fighters Band With Taylor

What Member Of The Foo Fighters Died?

Taylor Hawkin, Foo Fighters drummer dies at 50. Hawkins’ family released a statement after the report was published, saying they were “devastated” by his death.
“His music spirit will be remembered forever”.

Has Dave Grohl Commented On Taylor Hawkins’s Death?

The band was started by guitarist David Grohl and has expressed its deep sadness about Hawkins’ death via e-mail. “His music is infectious laughter that will stay alive forever.”

Are Dave Grohl And Taylor Hawkins Related?

No, they are not related. Dave Grohl is the frontman of the Foo Fighters while Taylor Hawkins was the drummer. However, they were really close friends.

What are your thoughts on Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ death?

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Andrea is a music lover and an experienced drummer with more than 15 years of drumming with different bands and music projects, such as Seditius and Hermano & the Marines.

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