New details have emerged about the shocking death of the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and his outlook on the pressure of touring in his final months.
Hawkins passed away on March 25 at the age of 50 after being found unresponsive at the Four Seasons in Bogotá, Colombia, while the team was set to perform at the Estéreo Picnic festival.
The Foo Fighters broke the devastating news via a statement that read, “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.”
Now almost two months since the musician passed away, his close pals are opening up about how he struggled with the band’s heavy touring schedule in his final days.
Taylor Hawkins Collapsed Onboard In December
In a new expose by Rolling Stone Magazine, that speaks to Hawkins’ final days as a Foo Fighter, his close friends got candid about how he was hesitant about returning to the road and keeping up with the packed post-pandemic schedule.
While chatting with the publication, multiple friends of the drummer recalled a particularly concerning incident that pointed to how the Texas native was being negatively impacted by the woes of touring.
Per sources, during a flight to Chicago with the rest of the Foo Fighters members in December, Hawkins lost consciousness and had to be rushed to the hospital.
At the time of the incident, news reports described the victim as just “a member of the Foo Fighters” keeping Hawkins’ identity a secret.
A close friend of the late drummer, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said of the event, “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff. He was dehydrated and all kinds of stuff.”
Although a rep for the Foo Fighters insisted that the news of Hawkins collapsing is false, Smith insists it happens and confessed that the “Everlong” singer told him “I can’t do it like this anymore” after the eerie incident.
The Foo Fighters’ Drummer Wasn’t Sure He Wanted To Be A Full-time Member
The news of Hawkins’ health failure on the plane corroborates his friends’ claims that in the final months before his death, the Foo Fighters drummer was tired of the hectic schedules that required him to play for three hours straight night after night.
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According to his friend, Matt Cameron, a drummer for Pearl Jam, “He [Hawkins] had a heart-to-heart with Dave and, yeah, he told me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore.”
Cameron explained that Hawkins, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and the band’s management possibly came to an understanding after his complaints. However, no notable change was noticed as things became even more hectic and “crazier.”
Singer Sass Jordan corroborates Cameron’s claims, saying, “Honestly, I think he was just so tired. Tired of the whole game,” while an anonymous source added, “The fact that he finally spoke to Dave and really told him that he couldn’t do this and that he wouldn’t do it anymore, that was freeing for him.”
The insider continued, “That took f***ing balls. That did take a year of working up the guts to do.”
Another close friend who simply asked to be referred as “they” claimed Foo Fighters pressured Hawkins to keep playing until his final days as he didn’t know fully how many shows he was expected to play.
Despite the numerous claims of Hawkins being tired of the game, a rep for the Foo Fighters denies reports of him having a discussion with lead singer Grohl or having complaints of being pressured.
His Friends Refute Claims Of An Overdose
Following Hawkins’ death, urine toxicology and a preliminary autopsy revealed that several substances including marijuana, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids, were found in his system.
Also, his heart was enlarged, double the normal size, and weighed about 600 grams. The toxicology report brought to mind Hawkins’ 2001 overdose, but his friends insist that isn’t the case.
Hawkins’ drum tech Chad “Yeti” Ward said, “Since [his overdose], he never wanted Dave to worry about that again.”
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He continued, “Taylor never played f***ed up in his life, He always played sober as can be. That was a show day. So for somebody to say that he was doing drugs that day, that is just about the most false thing anybody could ever say about him.”
On the other hand, Pearl Jam’s Cameron noted, “There’s so many questions about what the f**k happened in Bogotá. I don’t even know if I believe any of the toxicology reports coming out of that country in, all honesty, because it happened so quickly.”