Foo Fighters Drummer Dies of Overdose
Colombian officials discovered that Taylor Hawkins, the late drummer for the Foo Fighters, had ten narcotics in his system during the investigation into his death.
Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the Foo Fighters, died at the age of 50, and his legacy is being honored by celebrities.
A preliminary toxicology test confirmed the presence of several narcotics, according to a statement issued by the country's General of the Nation in Fiscala on Saturday, March 26. Hawkins was found to have marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his system, according to the report. The cause of Hawkins' death is still being investigated.
Members of the Texas native's band confirmed his death on Friday, March 25. He was 50 years old at the time.
"The tragic and untimely loss of our dear Taylor Hawkins has crushed the Foo Fighters family," the band said at the time in a Twitter statement. "His musical spirit and contagious laughter will live on forever in all of us." Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be respected at this impossibly difficult time."
He was on tour with Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders in Bogotá, Colombia, and is survived by his wife Alison Hawkins and children Oliver, Annabelle, and Everleigh. He supposedly had chest pains just before his death. The city's District Secretary of Health said on Twitter on Saturday that the local emergency center received a report of a patient with chest trouble who was staying in a motel north of the city. The songwriter was found unresponsive and an ambulance was rushed to the location. Hawkins was declared dead after unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him.
In 1997, the late "Everlong" musician joined the Grammy-nominated band, which already included Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Nat Mendel, Rami Jaffee, and Franz Stahl. Following the news of Hawkins' death, a number of well-known musicians paid tribute to his legacy.
“Thank goodness for the photo booth in the Foo Fighters studio. Because of these pictures, my friendship with Taylor will always be at my fingertips,” Stevie Nicks wrote on Instagram on Saturday, posting a throwback photo of the two. "He was always at my shows." He and his best friend Dave even let me pretend to be a member of the Foo Fighters for a short while. We recorded a killer live version of Gold Dust Woman, and I cried out at the conclusion, "Best Gold Dust Woman ever!" And I really meant it.... He was a man with a big heart and a beautiful grin. Everyone in the room looked up when he stepped in. Everyone was sorry as he left the room."
Hawkins was in a coma for two weeks after a heroin overdose in 2001, but he called it an accident and told Beats 1 that he had been "partying a lot" but wasn't addicted.
When they're not in the studio, the Foos are known for touring nonstop, crisscrossing the world multiple times. Hawkins was a true road warrior, having spent nearly his entire adult life performing in arenas, stadiums, and festivals, as well as the occasional club show.
Hawkins' side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, released a self-titled album in 2006, and another band he fronted, Chevy Metal, released a six-song EP a decade later. He also has worked with Coheed and Cambria, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery’s first solo album, Foo Fighters bandmate Chris Shiflett’s side project, Jackson United; and Queen guitarist Brian May’s 1998 solo album, “Another World.” Hawkins was a Queen fanatic who, along with Grohl, helped induct the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. The Foos have included a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love" in their act in recent years.
Hawkins, along with his family, were in attendance when the Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2021 (wearing a T-shirt that read, "The tempo is whatever I say it is"). The induction ceremony was hosted by Paul McCartney, and numerous performers were featured in a video package prior to the band's admittance. "Taylor has the hardest job because he's the drummer in a band with the finest drummer alive," Jack Black said in the video. And he's got the kind of technique Dave only fantasizes about."
"I've had people ask me in interviews, 'What is it like to be a rock star?'" Hawkins said elsewhere in the package. And I'm like, 'I'm a musician, not a rock star.'"