TAYLOR Hawkins openly discussed his drug and overdose struggles years before his shocking death at age 50.
The Foo Fighters drummer’s “untimely” passing was announced by the band on Friday, March 25, though a cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Hawkins has spoken candidly about his 2001 overdoseCredit: Getty – Contributor
A cause of death has not yet been revealedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hawkins married his wife, Allison, in 2005Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Back in 2001, Hawkins overdosed on heroin and landed in a weeks-long coma – just four years after joining the Foo Fighters.
In a 2021 interview with Kerrang! Hawkins shared the harrowing details of that experience.
He told the publication: “Everyone has their own path and I took it too far.
“I was partying in London one night, and I mistakenly did something and it changed everything.
“I believed the bull***t myth of live hard and fast, die young.
“I’m not here to preach about not doing drugs, because I loved doing drugs, but I just got out of control for a while and it almost got me.
“I was heading down a road that was going to lead to even worse paths. Whether someone’s sober, or they like a glass of wine with dinner, or they want a bottle of Jägermeister before they go on stage, or they like to smoke doobies all day long, everyone has their own path, and I took it too far.
“I’m glad it got knocked on the head at that point. I wouldn’t take anything away that I’ve done or been through either, because it’s all part of the trip and the journey. I’m trying to be as candid as I can be.”
In another interview back in 2018, Hawkins admitted that he had been honest and upfront with his two children, Oliver and Annabelle, about the overdose.
He also mentioned in that interview the steps he had taken to move forward.
“I’m not an AA dude,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock three years ago.
“I don’t really discuss how I live my life in that regard,” he continued during the 2018 interview.
“I have [a] system that works for me. There was a year [when] the partying just got a little too heavy.
“And thank God, on some level this guy gave me the wrong line or the wrong thing one night, and I woke up going, ‘What the f**k happened?’
“That was a real changing point for me.”
“There’s no happy ending with hard drugs,” Hawkins added.
“You’re gonna experiment, you’re gonna do all that s**t, but at the end of the day, there’s no happy ending.”
‘I GO MOUNTAIN BIKING NOW’
In the 2021 Kerrang! interview, Hawkins revealed how mountain biking had helped him move forward.
“I get ideas for songs and it’s where I do a lot of my problem solving and deep thinking,” he said of the activity.
“Sometimes I write songs in my head and then jump in my studio to put it down straight away. I like to go by myself.
“I like listening to old Aerosmith and Van Halen records to kind of pump me up. It’s my time and I love it. It’s a chance to clear your head out.”
Hawkins recorded another album, One by One, with the Foo Fighters in the months following his overdose. The album was released in 2002.
Hawkins’ death was called an “unimaginable” loss by the Foo Fighters.
The band – which consists of Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee – shared a statement on social media.
The Twitter post 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.”
The Foo Fighters did not immediately reveal a cause of death after his body was found in a hotel in Bogota, Colombia.
In addition to being a member of the Foo Fighters, Hawkins played with a handful of other well-known artists throughout his career.
He drummed with Alanis Morissette in the 1990s during the height of her career. Hawkins went on to appear in an episode of HBO’s Music Box centered around Morissette.
Then in 1997, after the Foo Fighters lost their original drummer, William Goldsmith, Hawkins joined the band.
While with the band, Hawkins had a handful of other projects, including Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.
He formed the trio with Navarro and Chaney in 2021.
Their first two singles were Feed The Cruel and Better Move On.
Just weeks ago, the trio had put out a cover of Pink Floyd’s Fearless.
Hawkins leaves behind wife Alison, whom he wed in 2005, and three children.
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