Taylor Hawkins, for 25 several years the drummer for Foo Fighters and greatest pal of frontman Dave Grohl, has died all through a South American tour with the rock band. He was 50.

There were being number of rapid aspects on how Hawkins died, although the band reported in a assertion Friday that his demise was a “tragic and premature decline.”

Colombia’s Prosecutor’s Workplace unveiled a statement Saturday indicating toxicological assessments on urine from Hawkins’ body preliminarily found 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, including cannabis, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. It did not present a lead to of dying and investigations are continuing.

Foo Fighters had been scheduled to engage in at a competition in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday evening. Hawkins’ ultimate concert was Sunday at another competition in San Isidro, Argentina.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will stay on with all of us for good,” reported a message on the band’s official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters. “Our hearts go out to his wife, youngsters and family.”

The Bogota municipal governing administration issued a assertion over the weekend that the city’s emergency middle had gained a report of a affected person with “chest discomfort” and sent an ambulance, even though a non-public ambulance had previously arrived at the resort in northern Bogota.

Health staff attempted to revive him, but ended up not able to do so. It claimed the result in of dying was under investigation.

“It was a band I grew up with. This leaves me empty,” Juan Sebastian Anchique, 23, instructed The Affiliated Push as he mourned Hawkins outside the resort.

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota also expressed its condolences in a tweet.

Right after Grohl, Hawkins was the most recognizable member of the group, appearing together with the lead singer in interviews and taking part in notable, ordinarily comic, roles in the band’s memorable films and their the latest horror-comedy movie, “Studio 666.”

Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s touring drummer when he joined Foo Fighters in 1997. He performed on the band’s biggest albums which includes “One by One particular” and “In Your Honor,” and on strike singles together with “My Hero” and “Greatest of You.”

In Grohl’s 2021 guide “The Storyteller,” he called Hawkins his “brother from a different mother, my ideal mate, a gentleman for whom I would take a bullet.”

“On 1st meeting, our bond was quick, and we grew closer with just about every day, every single music, every single be aware that we ever performed with each other,” Grohl wrote. “We are unquestionably meant to be, and I am grateful that we identified each other in this life span.”

It’s the second time Grohl has professional the loss of life of a near bandmate. Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana when Kurt Cobain died in 1994.

Tributes poured out on social media for Hawkins.

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” Rage In opposition to The Machine guitarist Tom Morello mentioned on Twitter alongside with a photograph of himself, Hawkins and Jane’s Habit singer Perry Farrell. “I cherished your spirit and your unstoppable rock electricity.”

“What an extraordinary expertise, who did not also need to have to be so sort and generous and great but was all those people things way too anyway,” tweeted Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother, co-writer and producer. “The globe was so lucky to have his items for the time that it did.”

At the festival in which Foo Fighters experienced been scheduled to accomplish, news of the death leaked out bit by bit, explained Diego Báez, a 33-12 months-aged supporter.

A live performance organizer first announced the efficiency was cancelled for health-related explanations. Minutes afterwards, supporters acquired from social media of Hawkins’ death.

“Some cried. Other individuals had been unhappy, astonished, moved. It was a quite powerful minute,” Baéz explained.

A monitor projected the terms “Taylor Hawkins forever” when the music “My Hero” played.

Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worthy of, Texas, in 1972, Hawkins was elevated in Laguna Beach, California. He performed in the modest Southern California band Sylvia in advance of landing his 1st big gig as a drummer for Canadian singer Sass Jordan.

Hawkins told The Involved Press in 2019 that his early drumming influences bundled Stewart Copeland of The Police, Roger Taylor from Queen, and Phil Collins, who he mentioned was “a person of my favored drummers at any time. You know, folks fail to remember that he was a excellent drummer as effectively as a sweater-wearing pleasant dude from the ’80s, inadequate fella.”

When he used two several years in the mid-1990s drumming for Morissette, he was inspired primarily by the enjoying of Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins.

“My drums have been set up like him, the complete matter,” Hawkins told the AP. “I was even now sort of a copycat at that point. It normally takes a while and will take a small while to form of establish your personal sort of type. I failed to sound particularly like him, I audio like me, but he was a significant, big impact.”

He and Grohl met backstage at a demonstrate when Hawkins was even now with Morissette. Grohl’s band would have an opening before long after when then-drummer William Goldsmith left. Grohl known as Hawkins, who was a massive Foo Fighters lover and immediately recognized.

“I am not fearful to say that our chance meeting was a sort of adore at to start with sight, igniting a musical ‘twin flame’ that however burns to this day,” Grohl wrote in his e-book. “Collectively, we have turn into an unstoppable duo, onstage and off, in pursuit of any and all journey we can uncover.”

Hawkins initially appeared with the band in the 1997 video for Foo Fighters’ most common tune, “Everlong,” despite the fact that he experienced still to join the group when the track was recorded. He would, on the other hand, go on to pound out epic variations of it hundreds of situations as the climax of Foo Fighters’ live shows.

In yet another emphasize of the group’s stay shows, Grohl would get behind the drums and Hawkins would seize the mic to sing a cover of Queen’s “Any person to Love.”

“The ideal aspect of having to be the lead singer of the Foo Fighters for just for a single music is I really do have the finest rock ‘n’ roll drummer on the world earth,” Hawkins mentioned ahead of the song in a March 18 live performance in Chile.

Grohl can be heard telling him to shut up.

Hawkins also costarred in Foo Fighters’ a short while ago produced movie, “Studio 666,” in which a demonic pressure in a residence in which the band is staying seizes Grohl and will make him murderous. Hawkins and the other members of the band are killed off a single by one. The premise came out of their function on their 10th studio album at a home in Los Angeles.

He also drummed and sang for the facet-project trio Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. They produced an album, “Get the Funds,” in 2006.

Hawkins is survived by his spouse Alison and their a few little ones.

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Involved Press Writers Astrid Suarez and Manuel Rueda contributed to this report from Bogota, Colombia.

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