Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, has died at 50

There were no immediate details about how Hawkins died

though the band said in a statement Friday that his death was a “tragic and untimely loss.”

Foo Fighters were on tour in South America.

They played a festival in San Isidro, Argentina on Sunday and had been scheduled to play at another in Bogotá, Colombia on Friday night.

His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever

said a message on the band's official Twitter account that was also emailed to reporters.

we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.

After Foo Fighters founder and front man Dave Grohl, Hawkins was probably the most prominent member of the group