Rock band Food Fighters are mourning the sudden death of their longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins who died Friday (March 25) at the age of 50. An official cause of death hasn’t been released, but preliminary reports state that 10 different substances were found in Hawkins’ system and his heart was double the normal size at the time of his death.
The band was on tour in South America when Hawkins’ died at the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina in Bogota, Columbia. The Bogota municipal government issued a statement Saturday that local authorities had responded to a call about a patient with “chest pain.” Health care workers tried to revive Hawkins but were unsuccessful.
Colombia’s Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement saying “toxicological tests on urine from Hawkins’ body preliminarily found 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. It did not provide a cause of death and investigations are continuing,” according to the Associated Press.
Daily Mail reported Sunday that Hawkins’ heart weighed double that of other men his age and that the drummer suffered a “cardiovascular collapse” after having binged on drugs including heroin, marijuana, and opioids.
“Forensic experts are said to have discovered it weighed ‘at least 600 grams’, double the average of 300 to 350 grams, during an examination following his…death,” Daily Mail wrote.
The band issued a statement to social media following the loss of their drummer, saying: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
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Foo Fighters was formed in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl following the death of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. Taylor Hawkins joined the rock band in 1997 and served as drummer until his death.
Taylor Hawkins is survived by his wife, Allison, and their three children, Oliver, Annabelle and Everleigh.