Taylor Hawkins cause of death updates – Foo Fighters drummer's death shocks fans as band ask to respect wife's 'privacy'

THE Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died and the band requested privacy for his grieving "wife, children, family."

A joint statement was posted to Twitter late on Friday night, stating that the other band members were "devastated" by the "untimely death" of Hawkins, who was 50 years old.

The Foo Fighters statement read: "His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with us forever."

"Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time."

Read our Taylor Hawkins live blog for the latest updates.

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    Video clip of Taylor singing Under Pressure

    Following the death of the singer and drummer, fans posted videos of Taylor's memorable performances.

    Yahoo Sports writer Jay Busbee shared a clip of Taylor singing the David Bowie verse of Queen's song Under Pressure in a live cover.

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    Billie Eilish's brother Finneas weighs in

    Singer-songwriter and producer Finneas, who has written several songs for sister Billie Eilish, said the world was "lucky" to have Taylor's gifts "for the time that it did."

    "What an incredible talent, who didn't also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway," he wrote.

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    Where did Taylor die?

    Taylor was reportedly found dead in his hotel room in Bogota, Colombia.

    The Foo Fighters were set to play the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogota, but canceled the performance.

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    Friends and fans devastated by 'gutting news'

    Taylor's colleagues in the music world and fans across other industries were horrified by the news of his death.

    "Speechless and Gutted," wrote KISS guitarist Paul Stanley.

    "Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band."

    Mike Levine wrote that the drummer's death was "gutting news."

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    Tom Morello remembers 'unstoppable' friend Taylor

    Tom Morello, known for his work in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, posted a tribute to Taylor Hawkins on Twitter.

    "I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power," Morello wrote.

    "Rest In Peace my friend."

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    Foo Fighters have always been 'close'

    After the band’s 25 years on the road, Dave Grohl, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and key-board player Rami Jaffee remained the best of friends.

    In a prior interview, Dave Grohl said: “It has been really weird because we are the band who actually like each other.

    “It’s true what you hear. A lot of groups, after months on the road, can’t wait to head off in different directions. But we still want to hang out, whether we’re working or not. It’s a miracle after all these years. We’re still really close.”

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    Projects outside the Foo Fighters

    Before joining the Foo Fighters, Taylor was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette and the experimental prog-rock band Sylvia.

    He briefly toured with Coheed and Cambria.

    He was also the lead singer and drummer for his own band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.

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    What was Taylor's cause of death?

    The Foo Fighters did not immediately reveal a cause of death for 50-year-old Taylor.

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    Fans shocked by revelation

    Fans of the band, as well as Taylor, flocked to the replies to show their support.

    One user tweeted: "Terrible news. So sorry."

    Another wrote: "We are devastated by this. Our hearts go out to his family & Foo brothers."

    A third responded: "Is this real? What?"

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    Death of Taylor Hawkins announced

    Foo Fighters released a statement late Friday night confirming the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

    The Twitter post read: "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

    "His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever."

    The statement continued: "Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time."

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