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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dies aged 50 as band delivers devastating news

The band are currently on tour

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50 and his bandmembers delivered a crushing statement. 

Taking to the band's official Twitter account, they wrote: "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

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"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."

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They were on tour in South America when Taylor died. On Friday, they were due to headline Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia and the festival also released a statement.

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It read: "With a broken heart, we are here to let you know of very sad news due to a very serious medical situation the Foo Fighters cannot perform tonight and they have canceled the rest of their South American tour."

The band delivered the devastating news 

It was reported that Taylor was found unresponsive in his hotel room and his body was seen being removed from the hotel late on Friday night. 

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Taylor, who was married to his wife Alison, was a father to two teenage children, Oliver and Annabelle.

Tributes poured in for the much-loved musician after hearing of his death 

Tributes have flooded in for the much-loved musician as fans await further details of his tragic death. 

Ringo Starr tweeted: "God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love."

    Rocker Ozzy Osbourne also paid tribute and said Taylor "was truly a great person and an amazing musician."

    He continued: "My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side."

    Taylor had drummed for the band for 25 years of the Foo Fighters’ 28 years of existence and performed alongside bandmembers, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee and Nate Mendel.

    No cause of death has been given. 

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