Tributes are still pouring in after the drummer of the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50 the band has announced.
Hawkins was considered one of the most influential and talented drummers of his generation.
The band broke the shocking and heartbreaking news on Twitter.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,”
“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 ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
Hawkins was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Bogota, Colombia. No further details of his death have been released, but police have confirmed they believe drugs may have been involved.
The Metropolitan Police of Bogota, in a statement carried by several Colombian newspapers, said:
“The cause of death has yet to be established.
“According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.”
It is only being reported that police discovered a ‘cocaine-like white powder’ in the room.
Toxicology reports have shown that the drummer had ’10 different substances’ in his system when he died.
A statement released by the Colombian attorney general’s office on Twitter read:
‘On the initial forensic medical study of the body of Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the band Foo Fighters, who died yesterday in a hotel in the north of Bogotá, the Attorney General’s Office stated the following:
‘In the urine toxicological test performed on the body of Taylor Hawkins, 10 types of substances were preliminarily found, including: THC (marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.
‘The National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues the medical studies to fully clarify the events that led to the death of Taylor Hawkins.’
#ATENCIÓN | Comunicado oficial de la #Fiscalía General de la Nación sobre la muerte del ciudadano extranjero Taylor Hawkins, baterista de la banda Foo Fighters. pic.twitter.com/K3Z7Ss9wcO
— Fiscalía Colombia (@FiscaliaCol) March 26, 2022
Reports say that hotel staff called emergency services after Hawkins complained about pains in his chest. But tragically, the rockstar was already dead when authorities arrived.
The band were scheduled to perform at the Grammys on April 3 and The Foo Fighters’ new tour of North America was set to start in May.