Rock musicians immediately began sharing kind words for the late Taylor Hawkins after the tragic news emerged that the Foo Fighters drummer died at age 50 on Friday (March 25). The Dave Grohl-led rockers revealed his death in a statement that night.

Subsequently, an influx of memorials from across the music world showed the drummer's importance to rock. Hawkins wasn't just a Foo Fighter — before his Foos career, he played drums with Alanis Morissette and Sass Jordan, among others. Later, he led Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders, Chevy Metal, and he most recently co-founded the supergroup NHC.

See how the rock community mourned the loss of Hakwins near the bottom of this post.

Ozzy Osbourne wrote that Hawkins "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."

Nickelback said, "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 [Foos, Morissette] and so many others."

Drummer Mike Portnoy relayed, "In absolute shock and disbelief over the the passing of Taylor Hawkins. I've always had so much admiration for him. Amazing drummer and a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around. I’m absolutely gutted."

Guns N' Roses simply said, "Forever missed."

See Hawkins' further impact on the rock world as displayed in the many additional condolences below.

Guns N' Roses

Ozzy Osbourne

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Brian May (Queen)

Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)

Slash (Guns N' Roses)

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)


David Draiman (Disturbed)


Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)

Alex Skolnick (Testament)

Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH)

Papa Roach

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down)

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down)

Brian 'Head' Welch (Korn)

Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit)

Josh Freese

Travis Barker (Blink-182)


Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)


Joel Madden (Good Charlotte)

John 5 (Rob Zombie)

Noodles (The Offspring)

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves)

Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, The Winery Dogs, etc.)

Billy Idol

Nancy Wilson (Heart)

Sacred Reich

Nandi Bushell

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Royal Blood

Liam Gallagher (Oasis)

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)


Smashing Pumpkins

Faith No More

Nick Raskulinecz (Producer)


Bad Wolves

The Darkness

Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)

Biffy Clyro

Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, etc.)

Sweet Relief Music Fund

Christian Coma (Black Veil Brides)

Riki Rachtman (Media Personality)

Eddie Trunk (Media Personality)

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)

Paul Stanley (KISS)

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)

Phil Campbell

The Prodigy

Sharon Osbourne

Brian Tichy

Questlove (The Roots)

Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)

Mark Ronson

Manic Street Preachers


Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band)



The Alarm


KT Tunstall

Lenny Kravitz

Eddie Trunk (Media Personality)

Brandi Carlile

Dee Snider

Gary Clark Jr.

Whitney Cummings (Comedienne + Studio 666 Co-Star)

Steve Van Zandt

Def Leppard

Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees / Mad Season)

Bob Mould

Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis & the News)

Juliette Lewis

Cheap Trick

First Lady Jill Biden

Pearl Jam

Stevie Nicks

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)



Zakk Wylde

Conan O’Brien

Tony Iommi

Des Rocs

Richard Marx

Johnny Marr

Michael Sweet (Stryper)

Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)

Duran Duran

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