Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dies as band ‘devastated’ by tragic loss

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died aged 50.

The band shared a post online confirming the tragic news, describing how they are "devastated" by the "tragic and untimely loss".

There has been no confirmation regarding cause of death so far.

The message shared on the Foo Fighters' official Twitter account read:"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

"His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.

"Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time."

Foo Fighters are currently on tour in South America and were preparing for a show in Bogota, Colombia, a spokesperson told Rolling Stone.

Some local reports have suggested that Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room.

The band have announced that they won't be performing at Festival Estéreo Picnic in the capital following the tragedy.

Devastated fans were in shock after reading the band's statement.

One begged: "No. No I don’t understand. Is this some kind of sick joke? Has someone hacked their account?"

Paying tribute, another wrote: "An incredible musician that will be missed. Loved his spirit and smile."

"No. What? I can't believe this. What? I'm am so grateful I got to see Taylor perform live. I just attended a foo fighters tribute act tonight aswell. RIP Taylor," said another.

Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after an argument between Dave Grohl and the band's previous drummer William Goldsmith.

In 2005 he was voted "Best Rock Drummer" by drumming magazine Rhythm.

As well as drumming, he also provided vocals, guitar and piano on several Foo Fighters tracks.

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