Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50

Band was set to play a show in South America the night of the drummer’s death

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Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for Foo Fighters, has died at the age of 50, the band posted in a message to its Instagram page Friday night.

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“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and timeless loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” read the message. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”

The post continued, adding, “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.”

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No cause of death was given. The band is currently on tour in South America and its last performance was March 20 at Lollapalooza Argentina. They were scheduled to play Friday night in Bogota, Colombia, at the Festival Estereo Picnic.

Hawkins, who was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill trek, joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 during the recording of The Color and the Shape after the departure of William Goldsmith. He also fronted his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, appeared with The Birds of Satan and contributed to the Eagles of Death Metal.

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In an interview with the Sun last month, founder member and vocalist Dave Grohl reflected on the longevity of the band, saying that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were a success because they shared an unbreakable bond.

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“In the Foo Fighters’ world, you don’t have to do anything. If you don’t want to do it, don’t f—ing do it. If you’re not into it, f—ing just say the word. That’s why we’ve lasted so long,” Grohl said. “Also, we genuinely love each other. There is bottom-line no question about that. We run not so much like a gang, but like af—ing family. It really is that way.”

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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