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Foo Fighters Will 'Take Time To Grieve' After Cancelling Upcoming Tour Dates

Foo Fighters Will 'Take Time To Grieve' After Cancelling Upcoming Tour Dates

The Foo Fighters have posted an emotional update online confirming that they'll be cancelling planned shows.

Foo Fighters have confirmed they'll be cancelling planned shows following the death of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

In a post on Twitter, the band announced with 'great sadness' that they would be cancelling their upcoming tour dates after the drummer was found dead in his hotel room just hours before the band were due to play on Friday, 25 March.

A statement posted to the band's Twitter account read: "It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins.

"We're sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won't be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made together.

"With Love, Foo Fighters."

The update comes following the band's heartfelt message on Saturday, 26 March, the day after Hawkins was reported dead.

The message 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."

The band also added that their heart goes out to Hawkins' wife, children and family, and they asked for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

Later that day, a toxicology test revealed that the drummer had marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, and benzodiazepines in his system at the time of death, as claimed by Colombia's attorney general.

However, the exact cause of Hawkins' death remains unclear, with investigations still underway, as per the Independent.

A statement from the attorney general's office noted: "The National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to conduct the necessary medical studies to ascertain the cause of death.

"The Attorney General’s Office will continue to investigate and will duly inform the findings of forensic examinations in due time."

The band were due to headline Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia, on the night of Hawkins' death.

The drummer, born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in 1972, joined the Foo Fighters in 1997. He had previously worked with Alanis Morissette and Sass Jordan.

In 2004, he started his own group called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, released three albums with the group and was named Best Rock Drummer by Rhythm magazine in 2005.

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