Alison Hawkins, the widow of late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, has released her first statement since his untimely death at the age of 50 in March.
“My deepest thanks and admiration go out 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,” she wrote via Instagram on Wednesday.
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief.”
“As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance,” Alison, who shared three children – Oliver, 16, Annabelle, 13 and Everleigh, 8 – with the late rocker, continued.
“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. We considered every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.”
Alison concluded her messaging by stating that 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 contributed he to and created.”
She added, “In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us. Thank you all again for your love and sympathy. Taylor loved all of you & we love you too.”
The Hawkins family also announced Wednesday that the Foo Fighters will be honoring Taylor with two special tribute concerts to be held later this year.
The first show will kick off Sept. 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium, followed by a second show on Sept. 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles.