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:
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️ pic.twitter.com/wn2izxn4Vd
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.
Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band. pic.twitter.com/qlEaQK0uui
— 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
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 26, 2022
— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) March 26, 2022
Thank you people of #Bogota @Festereopicnic_ for the love tonight. We had to play from our hearts for @foofighters & #RIPTaylorHawkins. They're one of the best bands around. We love them and all of you. Thanks for helping us get through a tough night. pic.twitter.com/3lbYN6p9tv
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 26, 2022
Sending love and light to the whole Foo fighters family,friends and fans. Rest in power Taylor. 🙏🏾🌹
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) March 26, 2022
I am devastated to hear the news of one of my favorite drummers Taylor Hawkins has passed. Blessings to the family and to the band. I’m so sorry for your loss. Taylor you will be missed! 💔💔💜💜🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #taylorhawkins #foofighters #drummer pic.twitter.com/FJAFQOa76X
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) March 26, 2022
Devastated by the loss of our friend #TaylorHawkins I've no words to express all the feelings I have about his passing. But my heart goes out to his family. & his band & friends. RIP Taylor ❤️ https://t.co/pkQLK5rLVF
— Slash (@Slash) March 26, 2022
— 311 (@311) March 26, 2022
Forever missed. pic.twitter.com/PkzEAKvryN
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) 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. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) 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. https://t.co/uQdl04etlp
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 26, 2022
Tristeza absoluta por la partida de Taylor Hawkins…Sincero pésame a la familia @foofighters Literal en shock…
— Juanes (@juanes) March 26, 2022
— Sum 41 (@Sum41) March 26, 2022
Rest In Peace Taylor Hawkins. Such a great person gone way too soon.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) March 26, 2022
My heart is broken. This is devastating. Our love goes out to the Foos and their families https://t.co/O3FP7BfnkJ
— 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
This was Taylor Hawkins' last text to me: "Ya We’ve yet to fully have a hang -Got a put that shit together before we die" Wise words from my friend- put that shit together! I'm so fucking sad. Another one gone too soon.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 26, 2022
— Wolf Van Halen 🐺 🚐 🙌 (@WolfVanHalen) March 26, 2022
At a loss for words. Grateful for the art he shared while he was here. Such awful news 😔 https://t.co/1gpiZOP2Fi
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) March 26, 2022
irreparable la pérdida de Taylor Hawkins (baterista de Foo Fighters) descanse en paz 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Tremenda pena 😔
el rock otra vez está de luto.
irreparable pérdida carajo!
— Pepe Aguilar (@PepeAguilar) 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 pic.twitter.com/a3X0k2AqYW
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) March 26, 2022
Ugh man. Sad to hear about Taylor Hawkins. Love to his family and friends.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins was a terrific drummer with a gorgeous disposition, seemed always to be having the time of his life. I didn't know him well but I know music is lessened by his passing, made duller and smaller. Requiescat.
— steve albini (@electricalWSOP) March 26, 2022
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 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. pic.twitter.com/3jyTHl3cTK
— Live Nation (@LiveNation) March 26, 2022
Thank you Taylor..
Thank you for always having the biggest warmest smile on your face and for lighting up every room with your infectious energy and good vibes.
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) March 26, 2022
At BottleRock recently, I had the best seat in the house right above you and once again stood in amazement watching as you effortlessly steered Foo Fighters through a two hour festival set with the perfect balance of swing, swagger, bounce and insane chops.
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) March 26, 2022
Your phone call a week ago touched and inspired me and I will always be appreciative for you championing our community as in your parting words….
“Drummers stick together!”
Damn right brother.
Except now the community is lesser without you.
Rest In Peace…
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) March 26, 2022
Photo: Ross Halfin, 2008 pic.twitter.com/KnlPw9GdJh
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) March 26, 2022
Shocked n’ saddened to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins.He was a really great guy, drummer n’ family man. Was always great to see him!Was looking forward to seeing him n’ everyone in Daytona.Truly saddened. My deepest condolences to his family, the Foo Fighters n’their fans.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) March 26, 2022
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time. pic.twitter.com/wueydCu5gw
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 26, 2022
I love you Taylor Hawkins 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/zW3RnWNl5b
— Nancy Wilson (@NancyWilson) March 26, 2022
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
I’m so sad about this man.
coolest dude ever.
god bless & comfort his family, his bandmates, his friends & all his loved ones.
— Questo (@questlove) March 26, 2022
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins was a neighbor and a friend. He would ride around on his bike, music blaring leading his kids on a journey. He was a fierce drummer with a deep love of music. We are sending love to Allison and the family. Rock and roll heaven just got a lot cooler. #TaylorHawkins https://t.co/GARVn25eVg
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) March 26, 2022
Shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of one of rock’s greatest drummers. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Taylor Hawkins tonight. pic.twitter.com/CiHWW3C11S
— The Offspring (@offspring) March 26, 2022
I woke up this morning to hear the awful news of Taylor Hawkins death. What a terrible loss to us all. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player. ⁰My deepest condolences go out to his family, his band and his fans. He will be sadly missed Rest In Peace Taylor. -Tony pic.twitter.com/MSYRMzDy8c
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) March 26, 2022
So devastated by the news of Taylor Hawkins passing. He was truly truly one of a kind. Such a generous, joyful, positive, impish, badass, infectiously hilarious, kind spirit. And one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. This f**king sucks.
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 26, 2022
One of a few drummers our drummer Anton Fig would leave his kit to watch work when Foo Fighters appeared on Late Show. A true R&R giant. This is a very sad day. RIP. pic.twitter.com/1wUQKr9mqi
— David Letterman (@Letterman) March 26, 2022
God bless Taylor and his family and friends. https://t.co/eWjNCTKyYE
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) March 26, 2022
Oh no. Terrible news. An incredible talent and a much needed uniquely bright light in our darkening business. Deepest love and condolences to his family and friends. Travel well my brother. https://t.co/9BPddRM7b5
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) March 26, 2022
We are very sad to hear of the sudden passing of @taylorhawkins. He was a powerful musical force and has left us too soon. Our thoughts are with his wife, children, family and friends pic.twitter.com/cEfTBlNQ7O
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) March 26, 2022
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) March 26, 2022
It’s too much. One of our own. I’m so devastated.for Taylor’s wife and kids band fans and friends he was so beloved so very loved – he’s a absolute one of a kind light- I cant even write all the things he is, his wicked humor,I just heard. I cant believe this
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) March 26, 2022
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) March 26, 2022
Such a devastating loss. REST IN PEACE Taylor! Our hearts to out to his friends and family.
— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) March 26, 2022
The Doors team is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Taylor Hawkins, the @FooFighters’ ferocious drummer. Taylor was definitely a one-of-a-kind person, and an incredible musician.
In 2016, Hawkins joined Robby Krieger and John Densmore in Los Angeles… pic.twitter.com/JSOAsr4qEM
— The Doors (@TheDoors) March 26, 2022
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) March 26, 2022
My prayers and condolences go out to Taylor Hawkins family, band mates, friends and fans. Incredible talent gone way too soon. Rest In Peace Taylor @foofighters
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) March 26, 2022
Sending our love to the Hawkins and @foofighters families after hearing the heartbreaking news. A crushing loss for so many. RIP Taylor Hawkins.
— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) March 26, 2022
What sad fucking news. Drum In Power Taylor Hawkins 🎶🎵💔
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) March 26, 2022
I can't find the words…
Taylor you were my little brother. I love you man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the band. pic.twitter.com/19CJs0WHcH
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) March 26, 2022
— Silversun Pickups (@SSPU) March 26, 2022
I’m greatly saddened today after hearing the news about TAYLOR HAWKINS. He was one of those absoloutly rare people ya just couldn’t help feeling good around him. You see he loved his family and life thru and thru… And he was a ripping drummer… TAYLOR you will be missed!! pic.twitter.com/GYVPlAyEc4
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) March 26, 2022
Sending the Foo Fighters and their families, management & crew our deepest condolences. Taylor was beloved in the music community and was an integral part to the spirit of the Foo Fighters. Suffering a sudden loss like this is devastating and we send all of our love to everyone. pic.twitter.com/VKbQ2g6tjz
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) March 26, 2022
“Long live Taylor Hawkins. He enriched my life as a dear friend & fellow musician. He brought so much joy to the world of music, he will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences to Alison, Shane, Annabelle & Everleigh Hawkins & the entire Foo Fighters family.”
📸: Ross Halfin pic.twitter.com/ZsnqmjmPaW
— Pearl Jam 🇺🇦 (@PearlJam) March 26, 2022
Peace and Love, Taylor Hawkins 💔 pic.twitter.com/X2joE5h6Za
— Susanna Hoffs (@SusannaHoffs) March 26, 2022
We are terribly sorry to learn of the loss of our friend and musical brother Taylor Hawkins. So sorry to his family, Dave and the Foo family, and to the legions of his fans. Like everyone who knew him, we loved him. Rock Music wont be the same without him. pic.twitter.com/MXE5yGmy2O
— weezer (@Weezer) March 26, 2022
A rock and roll brother has gone home too soon. My deepest condolences to his family, Dave Grohl, and the @FooFighters. Taylor played from the heart with power and joy. May he Rest In Peace. #TaylorHawkins pic.twitter.com/YcDrEfUzpF
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 26, 2022
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) March 26, 2022
We'll miss Taylor Hawkins. He never took any of it for granted. Our love to his family, friends and bandmates. ❤
Photo by Scarlet Buckett pic.twitter.com/Hj3MgmwHwK
— The Chicks (@thechicks) March 26, 2022
Oh man, Taylor Hawkins. Sweetest soul. Crazy amazing drummer. Always friendly and full of life. Sad day. Love and prayers to his family and to the Foo Fighters. You are so loved by so many, Taylor. https://t.co/SsG48yMiN9
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) March 26, 2022
Sending loving support and prayers to family.
See you at our next divine jam Brother Taylor.
Blessed peace now. You so delivered, and we are grateful.
— Steve Vai (@stevevai) March 26, 2022
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of @taylorhawkins . Our thoughts go out to his wife and family. May he rest in peace. Taylor and the @foofighters along with @Pink and @kennyloggins joined us in 2019 for @TeenCancerUSA Backyard Concert. Photo Paul Harries. pic.twitter.com/HjIzoTwvOj
— The Who (@TheWho) March 27, 2022
RIP Taylor Hawkins. The Doors team are saddened and shocked by his passing.
In remembrance of Taylor Hawkins' legacy, watch him perform "Love Me Two Times".
(Taken from the Celebration for Ray Manzarek concert in 2016. Directed by Justin Kreutzmann)https://t.co/GkJDBqOlVz
— John Densmore (@JohnDensmore) March 27, 2022
I’m sad and shocked about my friend Taylor’s death. I had the opportunity to play music with him, as a singer and drummer, in which he was both amazing! His energy lit up the stage. pic.twitter.com/drPdMGKcpT
— Mike McCready (@MikeMcCreadyPJ) March 26, 2022
Still processing the terrible news about Taylor Hawkins. Such a wonderful and crazily talented man. Thinking now about his family, his band, and his good friend Dave.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 26, 2022
With deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Taylor Hawkins.
– Wendy Dio pic.twitter.com/ixJtkOmL2D
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) March 27, 2022
incredibly heartbreaking. one of the very best to do it. he seemed to always be smiling that big beautiful smile. rest easy Taylor Hawkins pic.twitter.com/YFpxvNpScx
— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 26, 2022
We will miss you Taylor. Much love to the whole family and crew. pic.twitter.com/IHDIpEVJXH
— Tenacious D (@tenaciousd) March 26, 2022