There were no immediate details about how Hawkins died, though the band said in a statement Friday that his death was a "tragic and untimely loss."
Foo Fighters were on tour in South America. They played a festival in San Isidro, Argentina on Sunday and had been scheduled to play at another in Bogota, Colombia on Friday night.
His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever,” said a message on the band’s official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters. “Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family
Hawkins had been in Foo Fighters since 1997, three years after the band began. Before that, he had been the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette. During Hawkins' time with Foo Fighters, the band won 12 Grammy Awards and scored four No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts.
Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 17, 1972, but grew up in Laguna Beach, Calif. He began playing drums at age 10 and knew that he wanted to try to make it as a big professional after seeing the band Queen play a show in 1982, telling his mother that he wanted to play stadium gigs like that.ay night.
Finneas wrote: "So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins' passing, what an incredible talent, who didn't also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway. The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did, Rest In Peace."
Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards on April 3, where the band has been nominated for Best Rock Performance ("Making A Fire"), Best Rock Song ("Waiting On A War"), and Best Rock Album.