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Foo Fighters cancel tour dates and shows in Australia and New Zealand after Taylor Hawkins’ death

Foo Fighters cancel all shows in Australia and New Zealand after the shock death of drummer Taylor Hawkins from a suspected overdose at 50: ‘Let’s take this time to heal’

The Foo Fighters have cancelled all upcoming tour dates, including shows in Australia and New Zealand, following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins from a suspected overdose. 

The band made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that the death of Hawkins at the age of 50 was a ‘staggering loss’.

Hawkins was found dead in his Four Seasons hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday. 

‘Let’s take this time to heal’: Foo Fighters cancel all upcoming tour dates – and shows in Australia and New Zealand – after the shock death of drummer Taylor Hawkins from a suspected overdose at 50

The band was set to tour Australia and New Zealand in November and December.  

‘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,’ the statement read.

‘We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.’

Tragic: Hawkins was found dead in his Four Seasons hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday

Tragic: Hawkins was found dead in his Four Seasons hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday

'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,' the statement 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,’ the statement read

It finished: ‘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 rockers were set to play shows later this year in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and Perth, before heading to New Zealand. Refunds will be given to ticketholders. 

Initial results released by the Colombian Attorney General’s Office over the weekend reported ten different drugs in Hawkins’ urine, including opioids, marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs used to combat anxiety and insomnia.

Suspected overdose: Initial results released by the Colombian Attorney General's Office over the weekend reported ten different drugs in the rock icon's urine, including opioids, marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs used to combat anxiety and insomnia

Suspected overdose: Initial results released by the Colombian Attorney General’s Office over the weekend reported ten different drugs in the rock icon’s urine, including opioids, marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs used to combat anxiety and insomnia

Hawkins’ heart also weighed at least 600 grams, double that of a typical man of his age, according to the early findings reported by Colombian weekly magazine, Semana. 

Concerns about the drummer’s health first arose on Friday night when he began complaining of chest pains prior to a sell-out gig in Bogota.

Hotel staff called emergency services but Hawkins was unresponsive by the time security reached his room. Efforts to revive him by a private doctor and city emergency responders failed. 

Hawkins was recruited by the Food Fighters in 1997 after Dave Grohl saw him playing drums for Alanis Morissette.

Scouted: Hawkins was recruited by the Food Fighters in 1997 after Grohl saw him playing drums for Alanis Morissette

Scouted: Hawkins was recruited by the Food Fighters in 1997 after Grohl saw him playing drums for Alanis Morissette

No stranger to wild drug abuse, Hawkins suffered a heroin overdose in London in 2001 that left him in a coma for around a week.

In an interview last year he admitted: ‘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.’

'It almost got me': No stranger to wild drug abuse, Hawkins suffered a heroin overdose in London in 2001 that left him in a coma for around a week

‘It almost got me’: No stranger to wild drug abuse, Hawkins suffered a heroin overdose in London in 2001 that left him in a coma for around a week

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