Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dies at 50

Taylor Hawkins, the hard-hitting, charismatic drummer for Foo Fighters, has died at 50. 

A statement posted to the band’s social media and sent by its representative confirmed the death, but did not provide a cause or location. 

The band was scheduled to play a show Friday night in Bogotá, Colombia, at the Festival Estéreo Picnic. 

Hawkins started to play drums at age 10, and said that a 1982 Queen show made him realize music was his passion. 

“After that concert, I don’t think I slept for three days,” he said in a 2021 interview with the metal magazine Kerrang. 

“It changed everything, and I was never the same because of it.  

It was the beginning of my obsession with rock ’n’ roll, and I knew that I wanted to be in a huge rock band after seeing Queen.” 

Hawkins married his wife, Alison, in 2005. She survives him, as do their three children, Oliver, Annabelle and Everleigh.