It’s still hard to believe that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has passed away.
The drummer for the legendary rock band passed away in his hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia, back in late March. The band was scheduled to perform at the Estereo Picnic festival that weekend.
The Attorney General of Colombia released a statement revealing that a preliminary toxicology report showed Hawkins had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death, including heroin, THC, opioids, benzodiazepines, and tricyclic antidepressants.
The autopsy also revealed that his health was much worse than they could’ve imagined, and that his heart weighed twice as much as the average heart of a male his age.
His heart collapsed as a result of the number drugs in his system, and reportedly weighed more than 600 grams, whereas the average 50 year old male heart weighs between 300 and 350.
However, an official cause of death has not been revealed. He was only 50 years old.
Today, Taylor’s wife Alison released a statement on behalf of the family, thanking fans, friends, and of course the Foo Fighters, for their outpouring of love and support during this extremely difficult time:
“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. Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort 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. 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.
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 he contributed to and created.
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.”