The passing away of the multi-Grammy award-winning rock band the Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 has certainly saddened the fans. However, the cause of death is still not officially confirmed, but there are reports.
The Metropolitan Police of Bogota, in a statement released by several Colombian newspapers, said: ‘The cause of death has yet to be established.
‘According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.’ The Daily Mail reported this alleged statement.
But, he had a history of drug use.
Taylor Hawkins discussed drug overdose
Hawkins had openly discussed his drug and overdose struggles years before he shockingly passed away. It was back in 2001 when Hawkins overdosed on heroin and landed in a weeks-long coma – just four years after joining the Foo Fighters.
In a 2021 interview with Kerrang! Hawkins shared the harsh details of that experience. He told the publication: “Everyone has their own path and I took it too far. I was partying in London one night, and I mistakenly did something and it changed everything. I believed the bull***t myth of live hard and fast, die young. I’m not here to preach about not doing drugs, because I loved doing drugs, but I just got out of control for a while and it almost got me.”
“I was heading down a road that was going to lead to even worse paths. Whether someone’s sober, or they like a glass of wine with dinner, or they want a bottle of Jägermeister before they go on stage, or they like to smoke doobies all day long, everyone has their own path, and I took it too far.”
He added: “I’m glad it got knocked on the head at that point. I wouldn’t take anything away that I’ve done or been through either, because it’s all part of the trip and the journey. I’m trying to be as candid as I can be.”
The band had confirmed the news of his demise. Foo Fighters were due to play on the same day of his death. They were scheduled to play at the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the band said in a statement on Twitter. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever,” they added.
Taylor had played with the Foo Fighters one of the US’ most influential and critically-lauded alternative rock bands since 1997, providing percussion on some of the group’s biggest hits including “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You.” He previously played the drums for Canadian indie songstress Alanis Morissette.