The music world is in mourning. This Friday, March 25, Taylor Hawkins died in Colombia. The Foo Fighters drummer was found unresponsive at the Casa Medina Hotel in Bogota, just hours before taking the stage for a concert at the Estéreo Picnic Festival. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely passing of our dear Taylor Hawkins, the rock band announced in a statement posted on Twitter. His musical spirit and contagious laughter will live with us all forever. to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.” For the moment, the causes of death of Taylor Hawkins have not yet been revealed.
The body of the Foo Fighters drummer “is there and for the moment we have no other information,” a source from the prosecutor’s office in Bogota told AFP. At the announcement of his death, many personalities paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins. The band Coldplay, which performs in Mexico, dedicated the song Everglow to Taylor Hawkins while Miley Cyrus announced that the next concert of her tour was dedicated to the musician. “You’d come watch me play in neighborhood bars and say, ‘kid, you’re a star’. And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination,” wrote the Blink-182 drummer. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine praised Taylor Hawkins’ “unstoppable spirit and rock power” and Ozzy Osbourne said he was “truly a great person and an amazing musician”.
Taylor Hawkins: ‘I got out of control for a while’
Taylor Hawkins began his career as a drummer for Alanis Morissette before joining Foo Fighters following the departure of his predecessor. “I rushed to get Dave’s number (Grohl, ex-drummer of Nirvaga who founded the band, editor’s note) and called him,” he confided. He participated in eight albums of the group and went through a complicated period. In 2001, Taylor Hawkins survived a heroin overdose that left him in a coma for two weeks. “I got out of control for a while, confided the drummer. I partied a lot. I wasn’t a junkie per se, but I partied a little too much.” Taylor Hawkins leaves to mourn his band, their many fans but also his wife, Alison, and their three children.
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