The band was on tour in South America at the time of his undisclosed passing
Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, has died.
He was only 50 years old.
News of Hawkins’ unexpected passing was announced by the band late Friday night.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the statement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of 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.”
The Foo Fighters were on tour in South America at the time of his death and were just hours away from appearing at their second festival on the continent in Bogotá, Colombia, on Friday night.
Police vehicles, an ambulance and fans were gathered outside the hotel in northern Bogota where Hawkins was believed to have been staying.
No cause of death has been revealed at press time. Several of Taylor’s friends and fans took to social media to express their sorrow over this shocking and tragic developing story, including Tom Morello, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, Smashing Pumpkins, FINNEAS and Ozzy Osbourne in the moments following the news.
“@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,” wrote Osbourne. “See you on the other side.”
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children Oliver, Annabella and Everleigh.
VIDEO: Foo Fighters with Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals performing Queen’s “Somebody to Love” at MSG last year