Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters’ Drummer, Passes Away at 50

The Foo Fighters have unquestionably claimed the title of a beloved band of our time. From horror movie shenanigans to jamming with kids to just plain seeming like good people, the band always spreads good cheer. This is why the loss of one of its members feels especially difficult. Sadly, the Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, passed away at 50.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters laughing
Foo Fighters

No details about the circumstances surrounding Hawkins’ death have released, according to Deadline. But regardless of the specifics, Hawkins was clearly dear to his bandmates and fans and will be missed.

The Foo Fighters shared a short statement honoring Taylor Hawkins. They specifically note that Hawkins’ “musical spirit and infectious laughter” will remain with all of us. Both those things clearly touched even the most casual of fans.

According to Deadline, Hawkins began his career as a drummer in the 1990s. He drummed for the band Sylvia and for singer Sass Jordan. He even joined Alanis Morissette on the tour for her famous album Jagged Little Pill. After that, Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997. Hawkins played the drums for every Foo Fighters album since There Is Nothing Left To Lose, which released in 1999. He also at times offered vocals and played other instruments for the band. Alongside his bandmates, he joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.

Many fans took to Twitter to remember Taylor Hawkins. And famous and musical voices joined in to celebrate the life of an incredible performer.

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From the first lady of the United States to rock legends, it’s clear that Taylor Hawkins made a great impact with his work. And always had a ready smile for all those around him. Although this loss feels painful, we will remember Hawkins’ legacy through the beautiful music he helped to create.

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