America’s First Lady JILL BIDEN Pays Tribute To TAYLOR HAWKINS: ‘A Ferocious Drummer’ And ‘Dedicated Father’

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America’s first lady, Jill Biden, paid tribute to FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away Friday evening (March 25). He was 50.

On Saturday (March 26), U.S. president Joe Biden‘s wife took to her Twitter to write: “A ferocious drummer, dedicated father, and dear friend gone far too soon.

“Sending love to Taylor Hawkins‘ family and fans of the FOO FIGHTERS everywhere.”

FOO FIGHTERS announced the loss in a statement posted on social media: “The FOO FIGHTERS family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of 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.”

At the time of Hawkins‘s death, FOO FIGHTERS were on tour in South America and were preparing to perform in Bogota, Colombia on Friday. That show has since been canceled.

Before joining FOO FIGHTERS in 1997, Hawking was the touring drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette, as well as the drummer in the progressive experimental band SYLVIA.

Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison, whom he married in 2005, and their three children: Oliver ShaneAnnabelle and Everleigh.