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Taylor Hawkins Death: How Did the Foo Fighters Drummer Die?

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Performance of American rock band Foo Fighters at Lollapalooza Berlin 2017. Photo by Ralph_PH.

The passing of Taylor Hawkins shocked the music industry, with fans and musicians worldwide mourning his sudden death.

Celebrity drummer Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born and raised in Fort Walton, Texas. He is mostly known for his association with Foo Fighters, which released eight albums between 1999 and 2021. 

As a renowned musician, Hawkins received the title of the “best rock drummer” by the renowned British mag, Rhythm. 

On March 25, 2022, Taylor Hawkins passed away in the Columbian capital of Bogotá. Emergency units were called to his hotel room after he complained of chest pain. The medical staff failed to resuscitate him.

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Taylor Hawkins singing, Dave Grohl drumming in 2021. Photo by Thompson200.

How Did Taylor Hawkins Die?

An overdose allegedly triggered Hawkins’s death. The most recent information indicates that a forensic investigation confirmed ten different types of drugs in his body.

Forensic experts discovered that Hawkins’s heart weighed double the size of men his age, around 600 grams, during an examination after his untimely death at the luxury hotel. 

Investigators confirmed that the 50-year-old suffered a cardiovascular collapse after overdosing on his cocktail containing psychotic drugs.

According to the report, the drummer’s urine contained traces of 10 other substances, including heroin, antidepressants, morphine, and psychoactive drugs.

The tragic incident occurred just hours before the Foo Fighters were set to perform at the Festival Estereo Picnic in the national city. 

Issues with Hawkins’ health first came to light last Friday night. He complained of sudden pain in the chest just hours before he was scheduled to perform at the Estereo Picnic Festival in the Colombian city.

His condition only worsened after this, and efforts by the health professionals and city emergency responders to revive him were futile.

Taylor Hawkins and His Family

Taylor Hawkins was married to Alison Hawkins. The couple dated before finally saying their vows in early 2005 and lived together in Hidden Hills, California, per Meaww.

The Foo Fighter drummer kept his personal life away from the public eye despite his popularity. There isn’t much information about Taylor Hawkins’ wife, Alison, and their relationship. However, according to sources, the band’s 2019 song “I Really Blew It” in the album Get the Money, mentions Alison.

The couple were together for 17 years and had 3 children together.

During a media interview, Taylor confessed that his family was the prime inspiration behind his music creation during his career. 

In 2019, Hawkins also confirmed that his song “Middle Child” was dedicated to his second daughter Annabelle. 

According to Joe Daly, Hawkins told them, “My daughter asked me to make a song for her, and since she’s the middle child, I thought, why not just name the new song ‘Middle Child’?”

How Old Was Taylor Hawkins When He Died?

Hawkins passed away at the age of 50 at the luxury hotel in Bogota, Columbia, where he was set to perform at a music festival on the weekend. 

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Taylor Hawkins in 2021. Photo by Thompkins200.

Taylor Hawkins Early Life

The Foo Fighter’s drummer is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He spent his early days in Laguna Beach, California, after his family relocated to the city in 1976.

Hawkins has two younger siblings, a brother, Jason, and a younger sister, Heather. During his high school days, he was friends with Jon Davison, the current lead vocalist of the band Yes.

Prior to joining the Foo Fighters, Hawkins was a drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette. He also drummed for the progressive experimental band Sylvia.

In 2004, Hawkins started his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. He was the main singer and drummer in the band, and they released three studio albums.

He joined hands with the supergroup NHC in 2020, where he became the lead vocalist and drummer, and the album is due for release this year.

Taylor Hawkins’ Career in Foo Fighters

Hawkins’ musical career began at a very young age. 

Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana, led by Kurt Cobain. After Cobain’s tragic death in 1993, he quickly created his own band, Foo Fighters.

Related article: How did Kurt Cobain Die?

Initially, the band had three members, William Goldsmith as the drummer, Nate Mendel on bass, and Pat Smear as the guitarist. However, in 1997, Goldsmith willingly quit the band, and Hawkins was hired to replace him. 

Hawkins made his first appearance on Foo Fighters’ third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, which was released in 1999. The band recorded it in a house basement in Virginia.

Grohl said Hawkins was his soul brother, sharing his passion for heavy, classic rock music. His happy spirit kept the group together in difficult times.

Hawkins and Grohl’s special bond energized Foo Fighters’ live shows. In one interview, Hawkins mentioned that the duo would get into these battles even during the live show—drums versus guitars, with Grohl practically playing drums on his guitar. 

Taylor Hawkins Net Worth

According to various sources, the late drummer’s net worth has been estimated between $40 to $57 million, owing to his collaborations with Foo Fighters, Morisette, and many other side projects.

Hawkins leaves behind his wife Alison and three kids, Everleigh, Annabelle, and Oliver. 

The family of five lived in a 7000 square-foot Hidden Hills mansion, which Hawkins bought in 2012 after they relocated to the city from Topanga Canyon. 

Currently, the house is valued at $2.7 million.

Written by Bo Weber

Supporting artists since 2014

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