Taylor Hawkins dead – Foo Fighters drummer dies aged 50 as celebrities pay tribute

Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50, his heartbroken Foo Fighters band members have announced.

The band made shared the news on their official Twitter page, as they wrote: "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."

According to Daily Mail, the musician was found dead in a hotel room in the north of Bogota, Colombia, where the band were set to play at a festival on Friday 25 March evening. No cause of death has been announced as of yet.

The band has since announced they won't be playing at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in the capital.

Celebrities have flocked to social media to share their devastation over the news as Laura Whitmore posted a snap of herself posing with the drummer.

She captioned it: "Taylor Hawkins. What a talent, incredible musician and good guy. Such a terrible loss," followed by a broken heart emoji.

Fearne Cotton said: "How can this be possible? The most talented, charismatic, brilliant musician gone. Devastating.

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"Love and prayers to Taylors family and the rest of the band. Like many of you reading this I’m a huge Foo’s fan. Their music is threaded through my life marking moments of joy, heart ache and exhilaration. I have been lucky enough to see Taylor drum live on numerous occasions. You would always find your eyes lingering on the back of the stage. A whirl wind of energy and passion, teeth clashing together with each strike of a drum skin, hair spinning in time with the music. He created magic every time he stepped on to a stage. I was also extremely fortunate to interview him on many occasions and found him unbelievably friendly, grounded and as imagined, utterly hilarious.

"He will be remembered and revered as one of the greatest drummers in rock history.

"Thank you for the music Taylor. Thank you for making so much raucous noise.
Love and peace to his family and friends." with a praying hands emoji.

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While Tom Fletcher said: "Awful news. Thoughts are with Taylor’s family and friends."

Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972, the drummer started his career by touring with Sass Jordan and Alanis Morisette.

He then joined the Foo Fighters several years later in 1997.

In 2004, he formed his own side project called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he played the drums and sang.

Taylor married his wife Alison back in 2005 and he's survived by their children Oliver, 16, and Annabelle, 13.

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