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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died

4th Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure Benefit Concert
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters performs at the 4th Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert Benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at The Fillmore on May 15, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50. The band was on tour in South America at the time of the drummer’s death.

According to Colombian newspaper Semana, Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota hours before the band’s scheduled performance at Estereo Pìcnic music festival.

The Associated Press has reported that the Bogota municipal government issued a statement Saturday that the city’s emergency center had received a report of a patient with “chest pain” and sent an ambulance, though a private ambulance had already arrived at the hotel in northern Bogota. Health workers tried to revive him, but were unable to do so. It said the cause of death was under investigation.

A statement released by the band reads as follows:

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”

No cause has currently been given. This is a developing story.

Taylor Hawkins spoke with Kyle Meredith while promoting Th Coattail Riders, where the two talk about his growth as a songwriter and working with Dave Grohl.

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org