Taylor Hawkins

American drummer (1972–2022)

Oliver Taylor Hawkins (February 17, 1972 – March 25, 2022) was an American musician, best known as the drummer and occasional lead singer of the rock band the Foo Fighters.

Taylor Hawkins
Hawkins performing with Foo Fighters in 2017
Hawkins performing with Foo Fighters in 2017
Background information
Birth nameOliver Taylor Hawkins
Born(1972-02-17)February 17, 1972
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
DiedMarch 25, 2022(2022-03-25) (aged 50)
Bogotá, Colombia
GenresAlternative rock, punk rock, post-grunge, alternative metal, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussions, piano, vocals, guitar
Years active1994–2022

Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette as well as the drummer in a progressive experimental band called Sylvia.[1][2] In 2004, Hawkins formed his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he plays drums and sings.[3] He was voted "Best Rock Drummer" in 2005 by the UK drumming magazine Rhythm.[4]

On March 25, 2022, Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room at the Casa Medina hotel in Bogotá, Colombia at the age of 50.[5] Shortly before his death, Hawkins said his chest began to hurt and hotel staff called medical officials.[6] No cause of death was announced.[7] The band was on tour in South America when he died.[8] The next day, opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants and tetrahydrocannabinol were found in his system.[9]



Foo Fighters


Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders


The Birds of Satan


Coheed and Cambria

  • KOTA (EP) (2016)[10]


  1. "Taylor Hawkins Recalls First Meeting Alanis Morissette & Watching Her Become an 'Amazing Frontperson'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. Young, Simon. "Taylor Hawkins: "I Used To Do A Lot Of Fucking Drugs… I Believed The Bullshit Myth Of Live Fast And Die Young"". Kerrang. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. Hawkins, Taylor. "How The Coattail Riders Came To Be". Archived from the original on May 27, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  4. "Best Rock Drummer - Rhythm Readers Poll 2005". Foo Archive. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. "'Tragic and untimely loss': Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  6. Bouza, Kat (March 25, 2022). "Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  7. Bedigan, Mike (March 26, 2022). "Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins found dead in hotel room aged 50". www.standard.co.uk.
  8. Ganz, Caryn; Coscarelli, Joe (March 26, 2022). "Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dies at 50". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  9. Melas, Chloe; Pozzebon, Stefano (26 March 2022). "Colombia AG releases Taylor Hawkins' preliminary toxicology screening". CNN.
  10. Blistein, Jon (November 1, 2016). "Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Preps Debut LP 'KOTA'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2016.