Foo Fighters Cancel Colombia Concert After Death of Drummer Taylor Hawkins

Drummer Taylor Hawkins of the legendary rock band Foo Fighters has died at the age of 50, according to a statement from the band.

The band was completing a tour in South America and scheduled to perform at Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia, according to the Associated Press. Following the death of Hawkins, the band announced via social media that it won't be performing at the festival and did not release a cause of death.

"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," the band said in a statement. "His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with 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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The rock music world mourns Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who has died at age 50. Above, Hawkins rocks behind the kit at Allianz Parque on February 27, 2018, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Getty Images

Hawkins was Foo Fighters' drummer for 25 of the band's 28 years, taking over for original drummer William Goldsmith in 1997.

Hawkins played in the small Southern California band Sylvia before landing his first major gig as a drummer for Canadian singer Sass Jordan.

Afterward, he spent the mid-1990s as the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette before Foo Fighters founder and frontman Dave Grohl asked him to join the band.

He also starred in Foo Fighters' recently released horror-comedy film, "Studio 666," where a demonic force in a house the band is staying in seizes Grohl and makes him murderous, AP reported.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney with Foo Fighters last year.

People took to social media to share their condolences.

"Am so sad and bummed to hear about Taylor Hawkins," Amazon's Andy Jassy tweeted. "Unbelievable musician, force of nature in Foo Fighters, really likable guy, and my thoughts and heart go out to his family (and the band)."

"RIP Taylor Hawkins," podcaster Aaron Wolf said. "This seems to hit extra hard. Thank you for music throughout my life. Somebody to love was a last hoorah from us fans to you."

"We've seen Foo Fighters several times and already had tickets for two more upcoming shows," tweeted Todd Harmonson, senior editor of The Orange County Register. "While Dave Grohl obviously dominated the spotlight, Taylor Hawkins added so much fun to every show. Loved watching him take over lead vocals or just beam joy on the kit."