Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of the Foo Fighters, the band of ex-Nirvana Dave Grohl, dies

The famous American rock band, led by former Nirvana member Dave Grohl, was on tour in South America when the sudden death of its drummer occurred.

the drummer of foo fightersTaylor Hawkins, died in circumstances not yet clarified in Bogotá, where the alternative rock band was performing on Friday night.

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely passing of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the famous American group announced in a statement posted on its Twitter account overnight from Friday to Saturday.

“His musical spirit and contagious laugh will forever be etched in our memories,” adds the band of former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl of the 50-year-old American, without specifying the cause or circumstances of death.

“No more information”

The drummer’s body “is there (in the Casa Medina hotel) and at the moment we have no more information,” a source from the Bogotá prosecutor’s office told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity, speaking of a hotel. . located in the east of the Colombian capital.

The Foo Fighters, one of the most notorious alternative rock bands on the American scene, many times critically acclaimed, winner of several Grammy awards and author of greatest hits, would play this Friday in Bogotá on the occasion of the Estéreo Festival Picnic.

This Festival shared the group’s press release and posted a message on social media stating that following a “very serious medical event, the Foo Fighters will not be able to perform tonight (Friday) and have canceled the rest of their South American tour. “.

Taylor Hawkins had been a part of the Foo Fighters since 1997, playing percussion on some of their biggest hits, including Learn to fly and The best of you. She previously played drums for Canadian indie singer Alanis Morissette.

“An amazing musician”

Tributes poured in from across the music world, with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne hailing him as “a great person and an amazing musician”, and punk rocker Billy Idol calling the news “tragic”.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello praised the late’s “unstoppable rock power”.

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Inside an interview granted to the Californian radio station 95.5 KLOS last year, Dave Grohl recounted his first meeting with Hawkins.

“I said, ‘well, you’re my twin, or my spirit animal, or my best friend,’ and we’ve only known each other for ten seconds!”

“And of course I had seen him play drums and thought he was an amazing drummer,” he added.

“When I called him up and said, ‘Listen, I’m looking for a drummer,’ he said, ‘You know I’m your man.’ I think it had more to do with our personal relationship than ‘something musical,'” he said. Former Nirvana drummer.

The Foo Fighters are scheduled at the Arènes de Nîmes, for two concerts, next June.

Jeremy Maccaud with AFP

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