Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50, Music World & Beyond Pay Tribute

"To say I'll miss you my friend isn't enough," wrote Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

The music industry and beyond are mourning the tragic and shocking death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who has passed away at the age of 50.

On Friday, the Foo Fighters — the band in which Hawkins had been a member since 1997 — announced the heartbreaking news on social media, writing, “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”

The statement continued, “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 — who shared three children with his wife Allison — was a touring drummer for Alanis Morissette and Sass Jordan before he joined Foo Fighters. In addition to being a member of the Dave Grohl-led rock band, Hawkins also sang and drummed in his own band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. In addition, last year, Hawkins founded the supergroup NHC, which is set to release an album this year.

According to TMZ, details on Hawkins’ passing are currently unknown. The Foo Fighters were set to perform in Bogota, Columbia on Friday. Per the outlet, it is where Hawkins is said to have died. Hawkins last took the stage with the Foos at Lollapalooza Argentina less than a week ago on March 20. They were scheduled to headline Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday.

Following the devastating news of Hawkins’ death, musicians, actors and more stars from other realms of Hollywood took to social media to pay tribute to Hawkins.

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Ozzy Osbourne tweeted, “@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 – Ozzy.”

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker shared an emotional tribute on Instagram, recalling memories of his friendship with Hawkins.

“I don’t have the words. Sad to write this or to never see you again,” Barker wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of Hawkins. “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. 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.”

Barker continued, “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 😢🥁.”

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Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave’s Tom Morello shared a photo of himself and Hawkins on Twitter and wrote, “God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley tweeted, “Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news.”

LeAnn Rimes also wrote that she was “GUTTED” over Hawkin’s passing, saying she was in “disbelief.” The singer added, “He was one of my favorite people, always full of love… he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family, to the Foo’s…” Michelle Branch tweeted, “So sad to hear about Taylor. F–k.”

Miley Cyrus — who is set to perform at Lollapalooza Brazil on Saturday — shared two posts on her Instagram Stories on Friday. In the first post, the “Midnight Sky” singer wrote, “This is how I’ll always remember you” alongside a sweet image of Hawkins smiling while performing. “My show tomorrow is dedicated to Taylor Hawkins.”

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Cyrus went on to recall her “favorite memory” of Hawkins. Sharing a screenshot of the record cover for The Pretenders’ song “Brass in Pocket,” she said, “My favorite memory of Taylor is dancing around his drum kit while he playing along to this song…. Playing it on repeat imagining us laughing …. Love forever.”

Meanwhile, actors John Stamos and Josh Gad mourned Hawkins’ passing on Twitter. Gad called the news “absolutely heartbreaking,” while Stamos shared the “last text” he said he received from Hawkins.

“This was Taylor Hawkins’ last text to me,” he tweeted. “‘Ya We’ve yet to fully have a hang -Got a put that s— together before we die’ Wise words from my friend — put that s— together! I’m so f—ing sad. Another one gone too soon.”

Check out how more stars are paying tribute to Hawkins in the posts below.

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