Taylor Hawkins was found dead in a Colombia hotel room on March 25 while the band was on tour in South America. He was 50 years old. While new details surrounding his death have been released, his cause of death has not been revealed. The band announced his unexpected passing 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 unimaginable difficult time."
The Foo Fighters were previously scheduled to perform at the awards but canceled their appearance and all upcoming tour dates in the wake of Hawkins' death. The band made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday (March 29)