Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of the rock group Foo Fighters has died.
His body was found in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia just before the group was meant to perform at the Festival Estero Picnic.
According to Colombian investigators, preliminary post-mortem tests found several drugs in the drummer’s system but did not specify whether it was the cause of his death.
“The urine toxicology tests performed on Taylor Hawkins’ body preliminarily found 10 types of substances.”
They added that forensic doctors were working “to achieve full clarity of the facts that led to his death”.
The Festival Estero Picnic said in a statement that the band’s show has been cancelled. Another show set for Sunday in Sao Paulo was also cancelled.
When the news was announced at the concert, thousands of fans appeared shocked and tearful. They held a minute of silence in honour of the 50-year-old musician.
Before joining Foo Fighters in 1997, Hawkins played the drums for the Canadian pop rockstar Alanis Morissette. His musical talents stood out in songs like ‘Learn to fly’ and ‘Best of you’.
News24 reports that tributes poured in from across the music world, with Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne hailing Hawkins as a “great person and an amazing musician”. Punk rocker Billy Idol described the news as “tragic”.
Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison and their two children Oliver and Annabelle.
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