The Foo Fighters cancel all of their upcoming tour dates following the death of Taylor Hawkins.
“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins,” the band’s statement on Twitter reads.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together,” the statement concludes.
Taylor Hawkins died Friday evening in Colombia at a South American stop. The band was in Bogota and heading to Brazil for their next stop. Hawkins was only 50 years old when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. No possible cause of death has been made public yet.
The Foo Fighters had a packed schedule ahead of them this year, before Hawkins’ death. They were slated to kick off a Boston Calling Festival in May that also featured The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Weezer, Avril Lavigne, and Cheap Trick.
Taylor Hawkins served as the drummer for Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill tour before joining the Foo Fighters. “You can tell really quick if someone is a drummer and I took to it immediately,” Hawkins says in a video about himself as a child. “That day a lightning bolt shot into me; I’m a drummer. That’s what I’m going to do and I kind of fell in love with it.”
The Foo Fighters are also scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. It’s unclear if that appearance will also be canceled, but it’s likely given the entire tour has been called off.
According to the Colombia Attorney General’s Office, Hawkins had at least ten different substances in his body when he was found dead in his hotel room. The office says it is continuing its investigation and will duly inform the findings of the forensic examinations in due time.