The music world was shocked last night when it was announced that Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the legendary rock band the Foo Fighters, had passed away in his hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia.
The band had been scheduled to perform at the Estereo Picnic festival on Friday.
Local police had previously said that Hawkins may have died of a drug overdose. He had reportedly complained of chest pains to hotel staff, and the report indicated that “according to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.”
Well now it seems we have confirmation that drugs did indeed likely play a role in Hawkins’ untimely death.
The Attorney General of Colombia released a statement this evening announcing that a preliminary toxicology report showed Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death, including THC, opioids, benzodiazepines, and tricyclic antidepressants.
No official cause of death was announced, and the Attorney General’s office said that they will continue to investigate and release results after they are obtained.
Colombian health officials also released a statement mourning Hawkins’ passing:
“The District Department of Health mourns the death of this talented musician and drummer, widely recognized internationally for his work. Besides, the entity sends its message of condolences to the family, colleagues and followers.”
Such a tragic loss for the music world.
Taylor Hawkins — the hard-hitting, charismatic drummer for Foo Fighters — has died at 50. In an interview with The Times last year, Hawkins was direct about his hopes for the band's future. "I want to be the biggest band in the world," he said. https://t.co/mbEAOSxyI0pic.twitter.com/IhEM8AppbM