Music world mourns Taylor Hawkins of Laguna Beach Foo Fighters

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who grew up in Laguna Beach, had a toxic cocktail of mind-altering substances in his system when he died, authorities confirmed Sunday. The 50-year-old’s death while on tour at Columbia on Friday shocked the music world and sparked an outpouring of grief for an artist known for his down-to-earth nature and kindness to up-and-coming musicians.

Toxicology tests on urine from the body of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins initially found 10 psychoactive substances and drugs, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines, according to a statement from the Colombian prosecutor’s office. .

The statement did not provide a cause of death for Hawkins, 50.

Hawkins died Friday in Bogotá, Colombia, where he and the rock band were scheduled to perform Friday night at Festival Estéreo Picnic before headlining Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday. Hawkins’ last concert took place last Sunday at another festival in San Isidro, Argentina.

Bogotá’s municipal government released a statement on Saturday noting that the city’s emergency center received a report of a patient suffering from “chest pain” and dispatched an ambulance, although a private ambulance has already arrived at the hotel in northern Bogotá.

Health workers tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful. He said the cause of death is under investigation.

“It was a band I grew up with. It leaves me empty,” Juan Sebastian Anchique, 23, told The Associated Press as he mourned Hawkins outside the hotel.

The US Embassy in Bogota also expressed its condolences in a tweet.

The group announced the death of the 26-time Grammy nominee and 11-time winner on social media on Friday.

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

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.”

Fans and fellow musicians alike paid tribute to Hawkins’ charisma and “powerful” performance style on Saturday.

After Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Hawkins was the band’s most recognizable member, appearing alongside the lead singer in interviews and playing prominent, usually comedic, roles in the band’s memorable videos and their recent comedy film. horror, “Studio 666”.

Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s touring drummer when he joined Foo Fighters in 1997. He played on the band’s biggest albums, including “One by One” and “In Your Honor”, and hit singles as “Best of You”.

In Grohl’s 2021 book “The Storyteller,” he called Hawkins his “brother from another mother, my best friend, a man I’d take a bullet for.”

“When we first met, our bond was immediate and we grew closer every day, every song, every note we played together,” Grohl wrote. “We are absolutely meant to be, and I’m grateful that we found each other in this lifetime.”

This is the second time Grohl has seen the death of a close band member. Grohl was Nirvana’s drummer when Kurt Cobain died in 1994.

Tributes poured in on social media for Hawkins.

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello tweeted, along with a photo of himself, Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell. “I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power.”

The group announced the death of the 26-time Grammy nominee and 11-time winner on social media on Friday.


An image of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins adorns a makeshift memorial outside the hotel where Hawkins was found dead, in northern Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, March 26, 2022. There was little immediate details of Hawkins’ death, although the band said in a statement Friday that his death was a “tragic and untimely loss.” He was 50 years old. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this incredibly difficult time.”

Fans and fellow musicians alike paid tribute to Hawkins’ charisma and “powerful” performance style on Saturday.

Ozzy Osbourne called Hawkins “really a great person and an amazing musician”.

“My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, kids, family, band and fans,” the singer tweeted. “See you on the other side – Ozzy.”

Questlove called Hawkins “the coolest guy ever”.

“God bless and comfort his family, bandmates, friends and all loved ones,” the musician and filmmaker tweeted.

Singer-songwriter Finneas tweeted that he was “so heartbroken to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins”.

“What an amazing talent, who didn’t need to be so kind and generous and cool, but was all of that too anyway,” Finneas wrote. “The world was so lucky to have its gifts for when it did, Rest In Peace.”

Born February 17, 1972, in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins’ family moved to Laguna Beach in 1976, where Hawkins grew up and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1990.

Hawkins played in the Orange County-based band Sylvia before becoming the drummer for Canadian rock singer Sass Jordan. From June 1995 to March 1997, Hawkins was the drummer for Alanis Morissette on the tour supporting her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” and her 1996 “Can’t Not” tour.

Hawkins began his association with Foo Fighters in February 1997 when he replaced William Goldsmith as drummer for their second album, “The Color and the Shape”.

After the album’s release, Grohl called Hawkins to ask for recommendations for the band’s new drummer. Grohl was under the impression that Hawkins would not leave Morissette’s touring band because she was a bigger band than Foo Fighters at the time.

To Grohl’s surprise, Hawkins volunteered to join the band himself, explaining that he wanted to be a drummer in a rock band rather than a solo act. The band announced that Hawkins would be the new drummer on March 18, 1997.

In 2004, Hawkins formed his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he played drums and sang.

Hawkins recorded the drum tracks for Coheed and Cambria’s 2007 album “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow” because the band’s regular drummer Chris Pennie was unable to register for contractual reasons.

While the Foo Fighters were on hiatus in 2013, Hawkins formed a rock cover band called Chevy Metal.

Hawkins announced his new side project titled The Birds of Satan in March 2014, which features drum tech and bandmate Hawkins of Chevy Metal, Wiley Hodgden on bass and vocals as well as guitarist Mick Murphy also of Chevy Metal. . The band’s self-titled debut album was released in April 2014.

The Hidden Hills resident is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children.

City News Service, The Associated Press and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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