Taylor Hawkins: How the Foo Fighters drummer died, was he married with kids, net worth, tributes – how the Foo Fighters got their name


The group, led by former Nirvana star Dave Grohl, said they were “devastated by the untimely loss” and asked that the privacy of Hawkins’ family be respected.

How did Taylor Hawkins die?

In a statement, the municipal government of Bogota said the city’s emergency center received a report of a patient suffering from “chest pain” and dispatched an ambulance on Friday evening.

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Taylor Hawkins, drummer for rock band Foo Fighters, was playing on the South American leg of the band’s world tour when his sudden death was announced on Saturday.

Paramedics attempted to revive Hawkins but there was no response and he was pronounced dead at his hotel in northern Bogota, the statement added.

Where was he born?

Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1972 and grew up in Laguna Beach, California.

Was he married with children?

He is survived by his wife Alison and their three children.

When did Taylor Hawkins join the Foo Fighters?

Hawkins played in the Foos for more than two decades, alongside Grohl on vocals and guitar and bandmates Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.

He joined the band in 1997 following the departure of the band’s former drummer, William Goldsmith.

In a tweet from the official Foo Fighters account, they said, “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever.”

Images on social media showed fans gathering in front of the stage at the Estereo Picnic festival, with lit candles placed on stage.

The group was scheduled to perform at the Grammys on April 3 and was to begin a new North American tour in May.

How did the Foo Fighters get their name?

The band was founded by former Nirvana drummer Grohl as a one-man project following Nirvana’s disbandment following the suicide of Kurt Cobain.

The group takes its name from foo fighter, a nickname coined by Allied aircraft pilots to refer to UFOs and other aerial phenomena.

After Cobain’s death in April 1994, Grohl walked into the recording studio and surprised himself by recording an entire album’s worth of songs.

He wasn’t confident enough to release the new material under his own name – so he came up with the name Foo Fighters.

In 2010, he told Clash magazine, “Around the time I recorded the first FF [demo] tape, I read a lot of UFO books. Not only is it a fascinating subject, but there’s a treasure trove of group names in those UFO books!”

“I recorded the first record on my own, but I wanted people to think it was a band, I thought FOO FIGHTERS might make people believe it was more than just one guy. That’s silly, huh?”

What was his net worth?

At the time of his death, Hawkins was worth around $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Who paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins?

Tributes poured in from titans of the music industry, with Queen drummer Roger Taylor likening his death to “the loss of a favorite younger brother”.

“He was a kind, brilliant man and an inspirational mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend anyone could have. Devastated,” he said.

Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May said he was “heartbroken”, adding that Hawkins was “family to us”.

Hawkins will appear on May’s upcoming remastered second solo album, Another World Revisited.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker recalled his time playing with Alanis Morissette before playing for the Foo Fighters, adding he was “sad” to never see him again.

“I’ll never forget the days in Laguna Beach when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band and you played with Alanis.

“You would come and watch me play in dive bars and say ‘kid, you’re a star’.

“And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination.

“Years later we toured with Blink and Foos in Australia and I have the fondest memories of smoking cigarettes in the toilets on the flights we were on together and watching your set every night.

“To say that you will be missed my friend is not enough. Until next time we talk drums and smoke in the boys room.

Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose said Hawkins was “a really great guy, drummer and family man”, adding that he was “really saddened” by the news of his death.

Rolling Stones singer Sir Mick Jagger also paid tribute, writing: “So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time.

Meanwhile, Duran Duran star Roger Taylor said Hawkins was one of the last true “rock star drummers of our time”.

“Every time I’ve seen Taylor perform I’ve always been struck by the fact that he embodied the spirit of punk, coupled with incredible technique and ability.

“I was truly honored to hear that you were in the audience at our last show in Vegas. You will also miss California surfing Taylor,” he added.

Liam Gallagher, former frontman of rock band Oasis, said he was “devastated to hear the sad news” alongside rock band Biffy Clyro, musician Billy Idol and Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr, who all tweeted their condolences.

Ozzy Osbourne, who rose to fame in Black Sabbath, hailed Hawkins as a “great person and an incredible musician” and promised to “see him on the other side”.

While guitarist Tony Iommi, also of heavy metal band Black Sabbath, said Hawkins’ death was a “terrible loss”.

He added: “I woke up this morning to hear the terrible news that Taylor Hawkins had died. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player.

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine said, “I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest in peace my friend.”

Green Day rock band guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said he was “shocked and devastated”.

Meanwhile, pop star Miley Cyrus, who also performed in Bogota this week, said her next show was dedicated to Hawkins.

Posting an Instagram Story of a photo of The Pretenders’ song Brass In Pocket, Cyrus added, “My favorite memory with Taylor is dancing around his drums as he played along to that song playing it on repeat. imagining ourselves laughing, loving forever.”

Vamps drummer Tristan Evans added that it was a “sad day for drummers”.

He added: “I remember watching Taylor for the first time and being obsessed with her talent and showmanship, it was an experience I will never forget.”

Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds said the news of the clash was “incredibly heartbreaking” and that Hawkins still seemed to be “smiling that big beautiful smile”.

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