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Taylor Hawkins Mourned by Tom Morello, Ozzy Osbourne, Finneas & More: ‘The World Was Lucky to Have His Gifts’

The Foo Fighters announced news of drummer Taylor Hawkins’ death on their social accounts late Friday (March 25), stunning the band’s fans and peers alike.

Hawkins’ musical contemporaries immediately took to Twitter and Instagram to share their RIP messages for the drummer and to celebrate his “spirit and unstoppable rock power,” as Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave’s Tom Morello put it. Ozzy Osbourne remembered Hawkins as “a great person and an amazing musician.” Kiss’ Paul Stanley wrote that he was “speechless and gutted” by the news.

In the Foo Fighters’ own statement, the band highlighted the 50-year-old’s “musical spirit and infectious laughter.”

Below, find updating musician reaction to the news:

God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.

— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022

God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️

— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 26, 2022

Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.
Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band.

— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) March 26, 2022

. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. 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 – Ozzy

— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022

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

— FINNEAS (@finneas) March 26, 2022

My heartfelt condolences go out to @foofighters and the family and friends of drummer #RIPTaylorHawkins.

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 26, 2022

In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad.

— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022

Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news.

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 26, 2022

My heart is broken. This is devastating. Our love goes out to the Foos and their families

— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) March 26, 2022

GUTTED to hear of our friend and neighbor, Taylor Hawkins departure. In disbelief, like everyone else. He was one of my favorite people, always full of love… he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family, to the Foo’s… #RIPTaylorHawkins #FooFighters

— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) March 26, 2022

In absolute shock & disbelief over the the passing of Taylor Hawkins. I’ve always had so much admiration for him. Amazing drummer & a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around. I’m absolutely gutted…my deepest condolences to his bandmates & family 😥🙏 #RIPTaylorHawkins

— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) March 26, 2022

We lost one of rock music’s greatest drummers. Our hearts go out to his family, the band, and fans around the world as we all mourn this heartbreaking loss. RIP Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins.

— Live Nation (@LiveNation) March 26, 2022