The Tragic Death of Taylor Hawkins

By: Natalie Maestre

On March 29, 2022, many rock fans were sure to have been crushed at the Foo Fighters most recent Instagram post stating, “It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates…”

After releasing their new album, “Medicine at Midnight” in 2021, they were finally able to begin touring again after the height of the pandemic.  On March 20, 2022, they were scheduled to be the main act in the Lollapalooza Argentina festival.  They were supposed to close out the festival on Sunday, and were preparing to take the stage Friday.  Unfortunately, they never did.

On March 25, 2022, Hawkins was suffering from chest pain in his hotel room in the Casa Medina hotel in Bogota.  Emergency services were called, but when they arrived at the room they found him unresponsive.  They performed CPR but was soon declared dead with no cause given.

The next day, it was revealed to the public through a toxicology test that Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system: cannabis, opioids, benzodiazepines, THC, and antidepressants.

This is not the first time the drummer had OD’d.  In August of 2001, he overdosed on heroin and was left in a coma for two weeks.

He was honored at the Lollapalooza festival by multiple musicians, including Miley Cyrus, who had worked with him during her Plastic Hearts album.  During the 64th Grammy award ceremony, there were montages of performances and pictures as the crowd sang along to My Hero.

Hawkins was not yet part of the band for their second studio album release.  He joined in 1997, and was part of the production of 9 more.  He was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 and was voted best rock drummer in 2005.

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