Pearl Jam drummer contradicts Taylor Hawkins’ death claims

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and longtime friend of the late Taylor Hawkins says his quotes in a Rolling Stone article were “taken out of context”.

The rock bible released Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Final Days as a Foo Fighter on Monday. Reporters interviewed 20 of Hawkins’ friends for the play.

The end result focused heavily on his mental struggles and a desire to retire from the band due to the forthcoming strict touring schedule.

Hawkins’ family and Foo Fighters bandmates had declined to participate in the interviews. But Cameron apparently had a lot to share about Hawkins’ state of mind before his death.

“He had a heart-to-heart talk with Dave and, yes, he told me he ‘couldn’t do more f – – king’ – those were his words,” Cameron told Rolling Stone. “I guess they settled, but it seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that.”

Now on Tuesday, Cameron – who had worked with Hawkins on his side project Nighttime Boogie Association – said he wished he hadn’t been a part of the story either.

“When I agreed to participate in the Rolling Stone article about Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work,” he wrote on Instagram.

Matt Cameron (left) and Taylor Hawkins
Matt Cameron (left) and Taylor Hawkins teamed up for side project Nighttime Boogie Association.
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“My quotes were taken out of context and formed into a narrative I never intended. Taylor was a dear friend and a next-level artist.

“I miss him,” added the fellow musician of Hawkins, who died on March 25 at the age of 50. “I have only the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters families.

“I am truly sorry to have participated in this interview and apologize that my participation may have harmed those for whom I have only the deepest respect and admiration.”

The Post has reached out to Rolling Stone for comment.

A Foo Fighters rep told the magazine that the band “disputes characterizations made by Hawkins’ friends about his feelings.”

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The results of Hawkins’ autopsy were not released, but a urinalysis report reportedly found marijuana, antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids in his system, according to Rolling Stone.
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