Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 substances in his system when he died, authorities say
Colombian authorities said Saturday that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 substances in his system when he was found dead in Bogotá on Friday.
The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia tweeted the update Saturday, saying a preliminary toxicology test found substances including opioids, benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants and THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
The office did not rule on the cause of death and said the investigation was ongoing and the results would be released after they are obtained.
Hawkins died Friday night at a hotel in the town of Chapinero in Bogotá, Colombia, local health officials said in A press release Saturday morning.
Bogotá’s emergency center sent an ambulance to the hotel after receiving reports of “a patient with chest pain,” according to the press release in Spanish.
Upon arrival, a medical professional initiated a resuscitation process to revive Hawkins, “however, there was no response and the patient was pronounced deceased,” the district health department said. Bogota.
Teams from EMI, a health company providing home care services, had also responded to the emergency, according to local health officials.
Authorities removed the body from the scene and opened a formal investigation into the drummer’s death.
“The District Health Department mourns the death of this talented musician and drummer, widely recognized internationally for his work,” Colombian health officials said in a statement. “In addition, the entity sends its message of condolences to the family, colleagues and followers.”
Colombia’s attorney general’s office said in a tweet earlier on Saturday morning that a “team of prosecutors and investigators has been appointed to attend to the urgent matter and support the investigation”.
Hawkins and the rest of Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform in Colombia for the first time in three years at the Estéreo Picnic Festival on Friday night in Bogotá, following their Latin American tour.
Sergio Urbano was among a dozen fans who gathered outside the hotel where Hawkins’ body was found to pay their respects to the drummer on Friday night.
“It left me speechless; it’s something terrible, nobody expected it, we expected to see them as the main actor in the Estéreo picnic,” Urbano said in Spanish. “It’s devastating.”
Some of the fans light candles as they stand outside the hotel to mourn Hawkins’ death.
Ricardo Rodríguez, a Colombian drummer, said he “grew up listening to the Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins”.
“I also heard everything he did as a composer, as a soloist, and that sounds incredible to me,” Rodríguez said in Spanish. “A musician, a composer with a lot of creativity, a whole soul is lost, a soul in music, popular rock, I am shocked, in shock.”
The Foo Fighters announced Hawkins’ death for the first time in a tweet friday saying the night they were devastated by his untimely death.
“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever,” the band said in the statement.
“Our thoughts are with his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect during this incredibly difficult time,” the band wrote.
Two days before Hawkins died, the band stopped in Asunción, Paraguay, where the drummer shared a sweet moment with a young fan who looked up to him.
Nine-year-old drummer Emma Sofía was one of many fans who waited outside a Sheraton hotel where the Foo Fighters were staying, hoping to catch a glimpse of the band members, her father Julius Peralta said in a tweet.
“Dreams come true,” Peralta said, sharing a photo of her daughter and Hawkins.
According to Emma Sofía’s Instagram, she dreamed of one day playing “The Pretender” alongside the Foo Fighters in Paraguay. On Friday night, she had the chance to perform the song live in front of a large crowd.
Right after the show, Emma Sofía and her family learned the sad news.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Taylor Hawkins, our thoughts are with her loved ones and her fans,” Emma Sofía and her parents said in a statement on Instagram. “We will remember him for his charisma and the nice gesture he had with Emma. Taylor gave us something to believe in.”
Reuters, Michelle Acevedo, Phil Helsel and Denis Romero contributed.