Drugs Found in Foo Fighters Drummer System

Taylor Hawkins, drummer for rock band Foo Fighters, has died aged 50.

Officials in Bogota, Columbia, said Hawkins was reported to be suffering from chest pain and emergency teams were unable to resuscitate him.

Foo Fighters called Hawkins’ death a “tragic and premature loss.”

The Columbia District Attorney’s Office issued a statement Saturday saying toxicological tests on Hawkins’ urine initially found 10 types of psychotropic substances, including marijuana, opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepine tranquilizers. There has been no word on the cause of death, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale on September 22, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale on September 22, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Hawkins last performed with other Foo Fighters personnel on Sunday (20/7) at a festival in San Isidro, Argentina.

The Foo Fighters were previously scheduled to hold a show in Bogota, Columbia, Friday night (25/3).

“His passion for music and laughter will live forever with us all,” the Foo Fighters tweeted. “Our condolences to his wife, children and family.”

Condolences are pouring in on social media. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello tweeted “God bless you Taylor Hawkins” alongside a photo of himself with Hawkins and musician Perry Farrell. “I love your relentless rock spirit and power.”

While Finneas, singer Billie Eilish’s brother and writer and producer, tweeted “what a talent, who is not only so kind, generous and cool, but all of that… The world is so lucky to have him.”

Hawkins is survived by a wife and three children. [em/ft]