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This past weekend we were so devastated to hear the news that Taylor Hawkins passed away unexpectedly. It was reported that Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota while the band was touring South America. The Foo Fighters drummer was 50.
The band announced on Friday in a statement posted on their social media, ““The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely death 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.”
Hawkins was not only known for his extraordinary musical talents, but also for his infectious smile and contagiously positive attitude. A friend to the station, we were blessed to have witnessed his incredible energy closely that we will miss so much.
Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972 and moved with his family to Laguna Beach, California in 1976 where his passion for music developed. After touring for singer Alanis Morissette for 2 years in the ’90s, he officially became a member of Foo Fighters in 1997. It was then that he also began his lifelong friendship with Dave Grohl who always described Hawkins as his best friend or “twin flame.”
We are so heartbroken for this loss and our hearts ache for Hawkins’ family and bandmates. KLOS sends our love out to all of Hawkins’ loved ones and fans.
Watch Taylor Hawkins’ final performance with Foo Fighters earlier this month in Argentina here: