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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Dead At Age 50

Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death, according to Colombian officials

By The Big Magazine Staff

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, 50, was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá (Columbia) on Friday night, shortly before the band was set to perform in the capital city.

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead At 50 Years Old - PAUL ROVERE- FAIRFAX MEDIA VIA GETTY IMAGES

Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system when he died, among the drugs found by a urine toxicological test performed by officials were marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines, the statement said. An exact cause of death was not announced, and the National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to investigate, the attorney general said.

Emergency responders received a report Friday evening about a patient with chest pain at a hotel north of the city, according to a statement from Bogotá's secretary of health. An ambulance was sent to the scene. A private health provider had already been providing treatment, but efforts to resuscitate to Hawkins were unsuccessful, the statement said.

"The District Department of Health mourns the death of this talented musician and drummer, widely recognized internationally for his work," the Bogotá District Health Secretariat said in a statement. "In addition, the entity sends its message of condolences to the family, colleagues and followers."

The band said in a statement Friday that Hawkins' death was a "tragic and untimely loss."

"His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever," said a message on the band's official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters. "Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family."

Funeral plans for Hawkins have not been released but tributes have poured out on social media, ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to Miley Cyrus to Smashing Pumpkins.

As a result, the Foo Fighters have announced they are canceling their upcoming 2022 tour performances, citing the recent death of the group's drummer Taylor Hawkins.

"It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins, the band said in a statement to CNN. "We're sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won't be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made together. With Love, Foo Fighters."
Hawkins' death was announced last Friday, hours before the group was set to perform a concert in Bogota, Colombia.

Hawkins was playing drums for Alanis Morissette before joining Foo Fighters in 1997. He also released solo material under the band name, Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders, in which Hawkins sang lead and played drums in addition to NHC (Navarro, Hawkins, Chaney) with Dave Navarro and Chris Haney of Jane's Addiction to form supergroup last year.

There's still a lot we don't know about how Hawkins died, but news of his passing broke Friday just as Foo Fighters was set to perform in Bogotá, Colombia, at the Festival Estéreo Picnic. Our hearts go out to his family, fans, and the Foo Fighters.

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