Members of the music community said they were “shocked and saddened” about the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Hawkins, 50, and the Foo Fighters were touring in South America and were scheduled to appear in Bogotá, Colombia, a spokesperson for the band told Rolling Stone.
A spokesperson for Bogota’s municipal government issued a statement late Friday confirming that the city’s emergency services received a call about a patient complaining of “chest pain,” according to The Associated Press. Ambulances were sent to the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel, where the band was staying, and health workers “carried out resuscitation maneuvers” on the drummer.
“The patient was declared dead,” Bogota’s Secretary of Health tweeted Saturday morning.
>> Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50
Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tweeted condolences.
“Shocked and saddened to hear @taylorhawkins has passed away today,” Simmons tweeted. “Our prayers and condolences go out to the Hawkins family, @foofighters friends and fans. Sad.”
Shocked and saddened to hear @taylorhawkins has passed away today.! 😞. Our prayers and condolences go out to the Hawkins family, @foofighters friends and fans. Sad. https://t.co/Mgu2K4SJyL— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 26, 2022
“Speechless and Gutted,” Stanley tweeted. “Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to then, Dave and the band. What awful news.”
Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news. https://t.co/uQdl04etlp— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 26, 2022
Smashing Pumpkins used a black-and-white photograph of Hawkins to offer condolences.
“Taylor Hawkins. 1972-2022,” the band tweeted. “Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band.”
Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) March 26, 2022
Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band. pic.twitter.com/qlEaQK0uui
Rocker Ozzy Osborne tweeted that Hawkins “was truly a great person and an amazing musician.”
“See you on the other side,” Osborne wrote.
. @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— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” tweeted Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. “I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power.”
Morello shared a photo of himself with Hawkins and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Rolling Stone reported.
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
Miley Cyrus, who is a fan of the Foo Fighters, shared a photograph of herself and Hawkins to her Instagram stories, writing, “This is how I’ll always remember you,” adding that her upcoming concert would be dedicated to him.
Slash of Guns ‘N’ Roses wrote on Instagram that Hawkins’ death left him “devastating.”
“I’ve no words to express all the feelings I have about his passing,” the band’s lead guitarist wrote.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins rose to musical prominence as the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette, Rolling Stone reported.
Hawkins also appeared in the music videos for the singer’s hit singles “You Oughta Know” and “You Learn.”
Rest In Peace #taylorhawkins He was an incredible talent and a unique human who radiated pure joy when he was behind his kit. We send love and light to his family, his bandmates and to his fans. 💔 pic.twitter.com/kaUZwG0qAg— The Go-Go's (@officialgogos) March 26, 2022
After original Foo Fighters drummer William Goldsmith left the band, lead singer Dave Grohl asked Hawkins to join the band, Rolling Stone reported. He officially joined the group in the spring of 1997, the magazine reported.
Nickelback tweeted they were “in utter disbelief” after hearing about Hawkins’ death.
“Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was every touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others, the group tweeted. “This is so incredibly sad.”
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 with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
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