The world of rock is in shock. The drummer of US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50. Hawkins was declared dead at a hotel in the north of the city in Bogota. No cause of death has been given. The band, one of the most successful rock bands of the last three decades, had been due to perform on Friday night at the Estereo Picnic festival in Bogota, Colombia. Candles were placed on the stage where the Foo Fighters were supposed to play. They did not but other stages started playing My Hero by the Foo Fighters. Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades. Before, he drummed for Alanis Morissette. The rock group, formed in 1994, is currently on tour in South America. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever,” Foo Fighters wroted in a statement. There were some significant moments in the life of Taylor Hawkins. As an example, he spent two weeks in a coma w, because he took an overdose while visiting London in 2001. He had writing credits on Grammy-winning hits like Best Of You, Learn To Fly and All My Life.
He is suvived by his wife Alison and their three children. The drummer’s final performance was at the Lollapalooza festival in Argentina on 20 March, when he sang the lead on a cover of Queen’s Somebody To Love. Many artists and bands paid tribute to Hawkins, including the Smashing Pumpkins, Nickelback and the Offspring. Tom Morello, of rockers Rage Against the Machine, tweeted: “God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.” Ozzy Osbourne tweeted that Hawkins “was truly a great person and an amazing musician”. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also expressed his condolences.