Hawkins had been with the band since 1997. The band was supposed to play two shows in South America on Friday and Sunday nights. They were also supposed to perform at the Grammys next Sunday in Las Vegas.
As the news broke, many artists shared tributes to the late drummer.
“God bless you, Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend,” Tom Morello wrote.
In a statement, Ozzy Osbourne said 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. See you on the other side.”
“Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news,” KISS co-founder Paul Stanley said in a tweet.
See more tributes to Taylor Hawkins below.