According to local police, Hawkins may have died of a drug overdose. He had reportedly complained of chest pains to hotel staff, and the report indicated that “according to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.”
As of right now however, the cause of death is still unconfirmed.
Hawkins does have a history of drug abuse however, he overdosed on heroin in 2001 and spent a week in a coma.
Born Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins got his start drumming for Alanis Morissette and Sass Jordan before joining Foo Fighters in 1997. Dave Grohl, a drummer himself, founded the Foo Fighters in 1994, shortly after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
A number of fellow artists took to Twitter to share their condolences:
Shocked n’ saddened to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins.He was a really great guy, drummer n’ family man. Was always great to see him!Was looking forward to seeing him n’ everyone in Daytona.Truly saddened. My deepest condolences to his family, the Foo Fighters n’their fans.
Prince and the @FooFighters shared a mutual appreciation, culminating in Prince performing "Best Of You" during his @SuperBowl show and the Foos' epic tribute at the #GRAMMYs Salute to Prince. Taylor Hawkins shined in that performance, as he did every time he got on stage. pic.twitter.com/An7xxLCYF5
I’m greatly saddened today after hearing the news about Taylor Hawkins. He was one of those absoloutly rare people ya just couldn’t help feeling good around him. You see he loved his family and life thru and thru. And he was a ripping drummer. Taylor you will be missed!! pic.twitter.com/k31asatz8y
We are terribly sorry to learn of the loss of our friend and musical brother Taylor Hawkins. So sorry to his family, Dave and the Foo family, and to the legions of his fans. Like everyone who knew him, we loved him. Rock Music wont be the same without him. pic.twitter.com/MXE5yGmy2O
I woke up this morning to hear the awful news of Taylor Hawkins death. What a terrible loss to us all. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player. ⁰My deepest condolences go out to his family, his band and his fans. He will be sadly missed Rest In Peace Taylor. -Tony pic.twitter.com/MSYRMzDy8c