Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away this past week… he was just 50 years old.
Drumming for the Foo Fighters since 1997, he’s been an integral part of one of the most iconic rock bands of the last 25 years, and definitely one of the few real rock bands remaining these days.
He passed away in his hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia. The band had been scheduled to perform at the Estereo Picnic festival on Friday.
The Attorney General of Colombia released a statement revealing that a preliminary toxicology report showed Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death, including heroin, THC, opioids, benzodiazepines, and tricyclic antidepressants.
However, the autopsy has now revealed, according to Daily Mail, that his health was much worse than they could’ve imagined, and that his heart weighed twice as much as the average heart of a male his age.
His heart collapsed as a result of the number drugs in his system, and reportedly weighed more than 600 grams, whereas the average 50 year old male heart weighs between 300 and 350.
Your heart breaks for his wife and kids, his family and his friends, his bandmates, and of course, Dave Grohl who has now said goodbye to two of his bandmates during his career.
Dave Grohl Introduces Taylor Hawkins At Lollapalooza
From Lollapalooza Music Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the video featured Foo Fighters frontman and founder Dave Grohl delivering a heartfelt introduction to his longtime bandmate and friend:
“There’s one more person you can’t forget.. ladies and gentleman… Taylor Hawkins plays the drums in the Foo Fighters. You know the best thing about Taylor Hawkins… he’s the best fucking drummer in the world, we love him so much, but you… haven’t seen his pants yet.
Do you wanna see Taylor Hawkins pants? Do you wanna see his pants?
Taylor Hawkins come on down and sing a song, you can see his pants… because that mother fucker can sing and those pants make him sound better.”
To which Taylor replied:
“I fucking love Dave Grohl man, I’d be delivering pizzas if it wasn’t for Dave Grohl, I’d be managing the drum department at a Guitar Center if it wasn’t for Dave Grohl.
Do you guys wanna hear Dave play the fucking drums?”
Gotta love it.
Taylor launched into a performance of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.”
Rest in peace, Taylor Hawkins…