On Friday night (March 25), Foo Fighters issued a statement confirming that the 50-year-old drummer had died in Bogotá, Colombia. A cause of death was not given. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins,” it read.
The news of Hawkins’ death was confirmed just hours before Foo Fighters were set to play a headline festival show in Bogotá as part of a South American tour. Tonight (March 27), they were due to head to Lollapalooza Brazil to close out the festival.
Last night at the São Paulo-based event, Miley Cyrus performed a headline set, and told fans ahead of the show that the set would be performed in Hawkins’ honour.
“This is how I’ll always remember you,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories overnight alongside a picture of Hawkins drumming, adding: “My show tomorrow is dedicated to Taylor Hawkins.”
In a follow-up post, Cyrus shared a link to The Pretenders’ song ‘Brass In Pocket’, writing: “My favourite memory with Taylor is dancing around his drum kit while he played along to this song.”
She added: “Playing it on repeat imagining us laughing… Love forever.”
During the show, a visibly emotional Cyrus performed her song ‘Angels Like You’ while sitting on the stage, while a huge photo of Hawkins appeared on the screen behind the stage.
See footage below.
Elsewhere, Coldplay dedicated a song to late Foo Fighters drummer at a gig in Mexico on Friday (March 25).
“We heard that a friend of ours in a great, great band called the Foo Fighters has passed away,” Chris Martin told the crowd during a gig at the Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, Mexico last night, as part of their ‘Music For The Spheres’ world tour.
“We weren’t sure whether to talk about it in this concert but we have to because they’re our friends and we care about them. We feel like we should send love to the Foo Fighters, because we all knew Taylor, their drummer, who was a beautiful beautiful man, and so we’re gonna play this song for the Foo Fighters.”
Fans have been sharing footage of Hawkins’ final performance with the band following the news of his death. See a host of tributes to Taylor Hawkins here.