Longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins of rock band Fu Fighters has died at the age of 50
LOS ANGELES – Taylor Hawkins, longtime drummer for the rock band Fu Fighters, has died. He was 50 years old.
There was no immediate word on how Hawkins died, although the band said in a statement that his death was a “tragic and untimely loss.”
“His musical spirit and contagious smile will live on with all of us forever,” a message emailed to reporters on the band’s official Twitter account.
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family and we urge you to consider their privacy with the utmost respect during this unimaginably difficult time.”
After Foo Fighters founder and front man Dave Grahl, Hawkins was probably the most prominent member of the group, attending interviews with Grohl and playing a major role in the band’s videos.
He also starred in Foo Fighters’ recently released horror-comedy film “Studio 666”, where a demonic force grabs Grohl and kills him in the house where the band is staying.
Hawkins and other members of the band, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffe, Chris Shifflet, Net Mendel, were killed one by one. The film allowed the group, which has been one of the most enduring works of rock music for decades, to have fun while performing a long-running comedy.
The foundation of the film comes from the work of their 10th studio album at a house in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.
Hawkins was the drummer for the Fu Fighters for 25 of the band’s 28 years of existence, taking on the original drummer William Goldsmith in 1997.
Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972. Hawkins grew up in Laguna Beach, California. He played for the small Southern California band Sylvia before releasing his first big gig as a drummer for Canadian singer Sas Jordan. He then spent the mid-1990s as a touring drummer at Alanis Morrisett before Grohl asked him to join Fu Fighter.
This is the second time he has experienced the death of a close bandmate. Groht was a Nirvana drummer when Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Hawkins is survived by his wife, Allison, and their three children.