Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Travis Barker, Lzzy Hale & More Remember Late Foo Fighters’ Drummer Taylor Hawkins

The music industry is mourning the loss of Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who unexpectedly died at the age of 50. As the news of his death spread, artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Barker, Nickelback, FINNEAS, Lzzy Hale, Paul…

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Posted on March 26, 2022

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Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The music industry is mourning the loss of Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who unexpectedly died at the age of 50.

As the news of his death spread, artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Barker, Nickelback, FINNEAS, Lzzy Hale, Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons of Kiss and many more took to social media to share their memories and sentiments for the late rocker.

@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,” Osbourne wrote. 

“I don’t have the words. Sad to write this or to never see you again. I’ll never forget Laguna Beach days when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band and you were playing with Alanis,” Barker wrote. “You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, “kid you’re a star”. And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination. Years later we toured together with Blink and Foo’s in Australia and I have the best memories of smoking cigarettes in the restroom of flights we were on together and watching your set every night. To say I’ll miss you my friend isn’t enough. Till the next time we talk drums and smoke in the boys room … Rest In Peace 😢🥁💔”

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,” Nickelback shared, remembering the late drummer.

The band shared the sad news of Hawkins’ passing on Friday (Mar. 25) via Twitter.

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” a statement on Twitter read. “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,” the statement concluded.

According to a representative for the band (per Rolling Stone), Hawkins unexpectedly passed away. The group was preparing to perform at Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia.

Hawkins, who first rose to fame touring with Alanis Morissette, was a longtime member of the popular rock group for 25 years, taking the reigns from their original drummer William Goldsmith in 1997.

Since becoming their drummer, Foo Fighters have won 12 GRAMMY awards, including four for Best Rock Album. The band is also nominated for three awards at the 64th annual GRAMMYs, which will take place April 4, including for Best Rock Song (“Waiting On A War”), Best Rock Album (Medicine At Night) as well as Best Rock Performance (“Making A Fire”).

The group were also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in October 2021. Hawkins also starred in the Foo Fighters’ horror-comedy film, Studio 666.

Hawkins’ cause of death has not been revealed.

Other artists shared messages on Twitter and Instagram.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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