Taylor Hawkins‘ widow Alison Hawkins has shared her first public statement following her husband’s unexpected death in March.
The statement, which was posted to the late Foo Fighters drummer’s Twitter, begins with Alison expressing her “deepest thanks and admiration” to “the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor’s fans far and wide for the outpouring of love each and every one of you have shown our beloved Taylor.”
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief,” the statement reads.
Continuing to speak to the Foo Fighters fans, Alison writes that she “want[s] to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance.”
“Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them,” Alison says. “We consider ever band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.”
She adds, “Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created. In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him the most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.”
Alison’s statement coincides with Wednesday’s announcement of a pair of Taylor tribute concerts, taking place September 3 in London and September 27 in Los Angeles. Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will perform alongside a lineup that will be announced “shortly.”
“Thank you all again for your love and sympathy,” Alison concludes. “Taylor loved all of you and we love you too.”
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