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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

Formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994, the Foo Fighters formed and became a legendary alternative rock band. Throughout the nineties and early two-thousands, they produced many songs like Everlong, All My Life, Best Of You, and Learn To Fly. Taylor Hawkins, one of the beloved members of the band, passed on March 25, 2022, at the age of fifty. Hawkins was known as the drummer in a rock band. In his hotel room, he was found with several substances like “opioids, marijuana, and benzodiazepines,” (nytimes.com). Police are still investigating the cause of death. 

Hawkins was born on February 17, 1972, being raised in Laguna Beach, California. His love for drumming started in his early childhood around the age of ten, mentioning that his mother had confidence in him and his drumming skills. He told reporters in 2021 “When I first got drums, she was the one who would watch me play. She was a big supporter and told me I’d make it,” (nytimes.com). In 1982, Hawkins attended a Queen concert, later giving him the passion for drumming as a career. He claimed that the concert had “changed everything,” and he “was never the same after it.” It made rock n’ roll an “obsession” for Hawkins and inspired him to be “in a huge rock band,” stated nytimes.com. 

In 1994, Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer, formed the Foo Fighters and three years later Hawkins joined the band after leaving his position as a drummer for the Alanis Morissette band. Years later, Grohl was interviewed by Anderson Cooper, a reporter for “60 Minutes” and mentioned the impact that Hawkins had on the band. Hawkins took Grohl’s place as a drummer so Grohl could be the band guitarist and lead singer. He stated to Cooper “When you have a drummer like Taylor Hawkins in your band, I don’t necessarily miss being the drummer, because I have the greatest drummer in the world.” The Foo Fighters were supposed to perform on Friday, March 25, 2022, in Bogotá for the Festival Estereo Picnic, followed by Sunday’s Lollapalooza Brasil, but it got canceled due to Hawkins sudden death. Ozzy Osbourne, a singer, stated that Hawkins was “truly a great person and an amazing musician.” The Foo Fighters tweeted, “His [Hawkins] musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on will all of us forever.” May he rest in peace and comfort come to his family, friends, band, and fans.