Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea recently paid tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away at the age of 50. He breathed his last at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia. Many have poured in their tribute to the legendary drummer.
Flea opens up on Taylor Hawkins
Flea recently spoke to Radio X’s Johnny Vaughan and recalled some experiences from their friendship. He revealed that Hawkins was uplifting person and knew Hawkins would be a huge star. He spoke highly of the legendary drummer.
Here is what he said about Taylor’s passing:
“[It was] absolutely shocking. I love Taylor. He was an uplifting dude. Before I ever met Taylor and long before he ever played in the Foo Fighters, one of my best friends growing up, my friend Tree [Keith Barry] who I started my music school with, he was teaching music at a music school down in Orange County here in L.A., and he was, like, ‘Man, there’s this kid here selling guitar strings, and he’s a star. He’s a drummer, and I’m telling you he’s gonna be a rock star.’ And that was Taylor. And that was long before he played with Alanis Morissette.”
“But I always loved Taylor,” he continued. “I had so much fun with him. We toured with them for years and years. And he was best friends — he was extremely close with our drummer, Chad Smith. And it’s a very devastating experience for Chad and for everyone he was close to, because he was a kind, generous, just fun dude, and a killer drummer. And love to his family and love to everyone that knew him. And God bless his beautiful heart.”
The cause of death is still not officially confirmed, but there are reports. ‘According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.’ The Daily Mail reported this alleged statement. He had a history of drug abuse.
White powder ‘similar to cocaine’, and hallucinogens, were allegedly found in the five-star Casa Medina hotel room of Hawkins. Renowned Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Velez, the Bogota-based director of radio station FM recently claimed that a police officer who entered Hawkins’ room had told prosecutors he saw a ‘cocaine-like’ white powder.