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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins Passes Away at 50



Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a member of Alanis Morissette and his own band, has died.


Earlier this week, the Foo Fighters posted a statement that read, in part, "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragedy and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will never be forgotten."


The band was scheduled to play in Bogota, Colombia. And Taylor reportedly died there. There are no further details about where or how he died.




Taylor recently performed at Lalapalooza in Argentina. He appeared to be in good health during the show.


Taylor had substance abuse issues in the past, and actually survived a heroin overdose in 2001.



Taylor, who joined the Foo Fighters in 1997, was one of the most recognizable members of the band, along with Dave Grohl. He and the group were just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.


Prior to joining FF, he toured with Alanis and Sass Jordan.


Taylor was a cool guy -- both with fans and with the media, as the band noted. Last time we saw him was in September when he was signing autographs and having fun with his bandmates in New York.


While he's remained a member of FF, Taylor has also started his own band, which is called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.


Taylor and his wife Alison have three children: son Oliver Shane, and daughters Annabelle and Everleigh. The band's statement adds, "Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family."


The Foo Fighters and Taylor were supposed to headline Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday night. It's unclear whether that gig will go ahead.