Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead: Tributes pour in

The music industry is paying tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters’ long-time drummer.

The 50-year-old’s death was announced in a tweet from the band posted at 2pm today (AEDT).

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the tweet read.

Taylor Hawkins playing in Geelong earlier this month.
Taylor Hawkins playing in Geelong earlier this month. (Paul Rovere)

“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 asked that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”

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Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello paid tribute to the drummer in a tweet, sharing a photo of himself and Hawkins standing alongside Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell.

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” the musician said. “I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Iconic musician Billy Idol took to Twitter to remember the drummer writing, “So tragic. Rest in Peace Taylor.”

Canadian rock band Nickelback tweeted: “In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created … This is so incredibly sad.”

Gene Simmons said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear the news.

“Our prayers and condolences go out to the Hawkins family, @foofighters, friends and fans. Sad,” he tweeted.

Ozzy Osbourne said, “@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. See you on the other side – Ozzy.”

The Smashing Pumpkins paid tribute, offering their sympathies to Hawkin’s family, his fans and the band.

Musician and producer Finneas called Hawkins “kind and generous”.

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Actor Chad Michael Murray acknowledged the drummer’s family, tweeting, “So sad for his wife and kids. Praying for you all.”

He called Hawkins “one of the nicest humans you’d ever meet.”

Hawkins joined the band in 1997 and was a stalwart member of the group.

The talented drummer was an energetic and charismatic presence on stage, in interviews and in their video clips.

In 2001, Hawkins survived a heroin overdose which left him comatose for two weeks. Before joining The Foo Fighters he was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette. He is survived by his wife and three children.

See more tributes below.

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