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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is mourned by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Tom Morello & more after his shock death at the age of 50

ROCK icons Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Tom Morello and more mourned the loss of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Foo Fighters canceled the remainder of their South American tour following news of Taylor’s “untimely” death at the age of 50.

The Foo Fighters announced the death of Taylor Hawkins on Friday

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The Foo Fighters announced the death of Taylor Hawkins on FridayPhoto credit: Getty
Billy Idol was one of many celebs to mourn his tragic death

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Billy Idol was one of many celebs to mourn his tragic deathCredit: Twitter/ Tom Morello
Taylor is best known as the drummer for the Foo Fighters

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Taylor is best known as the drummer for the Foo FightersPhoto credit: AFP

Late Friday night, the Foo Fighters released a statement on social media revealing their drummer had died.

The band said, among other things, “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.”

The drummer was known for playing in Alanis Morissette’s band in the ’90s before joining the Foo Fighters in 1997.

Not long after the news broke, tributes began online from fans and peers of Taylor, including Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol and more.

Foo Fighters drummer's sudden death shocks fans as band requests'privacy'
Check out the Foo Fighters drummer's tragic final post weeks before his death at the age of 50

Ozzy, 73, tweeted: “.@TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and amazing musician.

“My heart, love and condolences go out to his wife, children, family, band and fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy.”

Billy, 66, echoed that sentiment, tweeting a photo of the Texas native and writing, “So tragic. Rest in peace Taylor.”

Tom Morello, meanwhile, shared a photo of himself and Taylor on Twitter and wrote, “I have to bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest in peace my friend.”

The band’s frontman Dave Grohl, 53, along with fellow Foo Fighters members – Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee – have not personally dealt with the tragedy at the time.

“UNIMAGINABLE DIFFICULT”

The unexpected news was confirmed by the band on social media.

They shared a text post explaining the unfortunate news.

It said: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will always be with us all.”

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 at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Around the same time, the Picnic Stereo Fest – a major music festival in Colombia – confirmed that the Foo Fighters would no longer be on stage.

The festival tweeted: “Heartbroken we are here to bring you some very sad news. Due to a very serious medical situation, the Foo Fighters will be unable to perform tonight and have canceled the remainder of their South American tour.”

FIGHT WITH DRUGS

Previously, Taylor spoke openly about his battle with drugs.

In an interview with Kerrang published just a year ago, he said: “I used to do a lot of damn drugs. You get the job done.”

He continued, while cryptically speaking of “live fast and die young,” “Everyone has their own path and I’ve walked it too far. I was partying in London one night and I accidentally did something and it changed everything.

“I believed the bulls**t myth, live hard and fast, die young. I’m not here to preach about not doing drugs because I loved doing drugs, but I just got out of control for a while and it almost happened to me.

“I walked down a path that would lead to even worse paths. Whether someone is sober, or likes a glass of wine with dinner, or wants a bottle of Jagermeister before going on stage, or likes to smoke Doobies every day, everyone has their own path, and I’ve gone too far.

“I’m glad it was knocked on the head at this point. I also wouldn’t take anything away from what I’ve done or been through because it’s all part of the journey and the journey. I’m trying to be as open as I can be, I’m mountain biking now.”

ALL ABOUT TAYLOR

As well as being a member of the Foo Fighters for nearly three decades, Taylor has also played drums with several other iconic artists throughout his long career.

He drummed with Alanis when she toured at the height of her career in the ’90s.

Taylor appeared on an episode of HBO’s Music Box written about the Ironic singer, lovingly reflecting on his time in her band.

In 1997, after the Foo Fighters lost their original drummer, William Goldsmith, he joined the band and remained with them until his death.

Taylor started a side project called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.

His last post seems to have promoted another music project called NHC or Navarro Hawkins Chaney.

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Taylor was married to his wife Allison Hawkins. The couple married in 2005.

They shared two children named Oliver and Annabelle.

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