BA first forensic examination of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died unexpectedly in Colombia, found ten different substances in his body. These included THC (marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, as the Attorney General of the South American country announced on Saturday (local time).

The National Forensic Institute is continuing its medical investigation to clarify the circumstances that led to the artist’s death, it said.

The National Forensic Institute is continuing its medical investigation to clarify the circumstances that led to the artist’s death, it said.

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The Attorney General’s office will continue to investigate and inform about the results in due course. Hawkins died on Friday while on tour in Colombia at the age of 50.

The drummer was found dead in a hotel in the Colombian capital Bogotá, the magazine “Semana” initially reported on Friday (local time). The “Foo Fighters” were supposed to perform there on Friday night at the Estéreo Picnic music festival.

Police outside the hotel in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, where Hawkins died

Police outside the hotel in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, where Hawkins died

Those: AP / Leonardo Munoz

Nothing was initially known about the cause of death. The Attorney General of the South American country wrote on Twitter on Saturday that it had appointed a special team of prosecutors and investigators to support the investigation.

Foo Fighters fans flock to a Hawkins memorial in front of the hotel

Foo Fighters fans flock to a Hawkins memorial in front of the hotel

Which: AFP/DANIEL MUNOZ

According to the newspaper “El Tiempo”, Hawkins had complained of chest pains and an ambulance was called. However, by the time he arrived, Hawkins had already died. The responsible health department confirmed the course of events on Saturday. Nothing further was known about the cause of death.

At the rock festival in Bogotá there was a minute’s silence, fans made a pilgrimage to the band’s hotel and lit candles. It was initially unclear how the performances of the Foo Fighters would continue – on Saturday there was quick talk of canceling the South American tour. A Germany appointment in Berlin is planned for June 8th.

Miley Cyrus tearfully pays tribute to Hawkins at festival

At the Lollapalooza Festival in Brazil, US singer Miley Cyrus burst into tears during a tribute to “Foo Fighters” drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died unexpectedly in Colombia. Hawkins was the first to call her after her plane was struck by lightning in Paraguay, the 29-year-old said on Saturday (local time) as broadcast on Brazilian television. She dedicated the song “Angels Like You” to him. The “Foo Fighters” were originally supposed to conclude the festival in São Paulo on Sunday evening.

Miley Cyrus at the Lollapalooza Brazil Music Festival

Miley Cyrus at the Lollapalooza Brazil Music Festival

Quelle: Getty Images/Mauricio Santana

Cult rocker Ozzy Osbourne (73, Black Sabbath) described Hawkins on Saturday as a “great person and amazing musician”. He wrote: “See you on the other side – Ozzy.” 80s star Billy Idol (66) shared a picture of Hawkins on Twitter and wrote: “So tragic. Rest in peace”. Queen drummer Roger Taylor (72) compared Hawkins’ death to the loss of a beloved younger brother. “He was a kind, brilliant man and an inspirational mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend one can have.” Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (81) also expressed his condolences to Hawkins’ family and bandmates.

Although Oliver “Taylor” Hawkins was a native Texan, he grew up “with lots of sand and sun” in Laguna Beach/California, as the Internet encyclopedia Allmusic writes. He chose his stage name based on one of his drummer role models: Roger Taylor from the British mega-band Queen. Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Phil Collins (Genesis) also influenced the musician, who first emerged in the ’90s as a member of songwriter Alanis Morissette’s (“Jagged Little Pill”) live band.

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Dave Grohl in „Studio 666“

Grohl, who was just starting out with his second band, Foo Fighters, recruited him from this drummer job. “Me and Dave, we seemed like two long separated brothers in a crazy way,” Hawkins recalled last year, according to NBC. “We had a similar vibe.” After the band’s second studio album “The Color And The Shape” in 1997, Hawkins was part of it – and despite some drug problems (allegedly due to his stage fright) he remained a constant in the band, which quickly became very popular because of its easy-going carefree nature Tape.

A van leaves the hotel on Saturday.  It should contain members of the band

A van leaves the hotel on Saturday. It should contain members of the band

What: REUTERS

Despite the huge success of the alternative rockers with hits like “Best Of You”, “My Hero”, “Learn To Fly” or “All My Life”, Hawkins saw himself – not entirely unusual for drummers, see Ringo Starr, Phil Collins or Grohl himself – as an underestimated songwriter. So in 2004 he started his side project Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, with whom he fronted and sang on several albums. In 2014, the drummer founded another project with the metal band The Birds Of Satan, in which Grohl was also involved.

The relationship between the two musicians always seems to have been close. At concerts, Hawkins and Grohl would sometimes have drummer duels, or swap places on drums, guitar and vocals. And just this February, Grohl (53) brought his weird horror comedy “Studio 666” to US cinemas, in which the Foo Fighters, including Taylor Hawkins, play the leading role.

At concerts, Hawkins and Grohl sometimes played drummer duels

At concerts, Hawkins and Grohl sometimes played drummer duels

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The early death of this US musician at the age of 50 is a reminder of the bloodletting that the grunge rock generation had to suffer with many sad cases: starting with Kurt Cobain (Nirvana/1994) via Layne Staley (Alice In Chains/2002) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/2017) to Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/2022). All were born since the mid-1960s and rose to fame as young savages in the ’90s.

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