Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins may have died from drug overdose, officials indicate

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins may have died from drug overdose, officials indicate
Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) drive away after collecting the body of late Taylor Hawkins, drummer of rock band Foo Fighters, outside Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday. Hawkins died late Friday in Bogota where Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Festival Estereo Picnic. PHoto by Carlos Ortega/EPA-EFE/Carlos Ortega

March 26 (UPI) -- Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins may have died from a drug overdose, though the official cause of death has not yet been determined, Colombian officials indicated on Saturday.

Hawkins, 50, died unexpectedly in a hotel room in Bogota on Friday night while the band was in South America to perform.


The Colombian Attorney General's Office indicated in a statement Saturday that preliminary results from toxicology reports pointed to a possible drug overdose.

"Preliminary results of the urine toxicology test indicate the presence of 10 different substances: THX (Marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids, among others," the statement reads.

"The National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to conduct the necessary medical studies to ascertain the cause of death."

His death had been announced by his bandmates and representative on Friday night.

"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," the Texas native's band tweeted.

"His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with 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."


Hawkins' representative, Steve Martin, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, but did not disclose the cause of the musician's death.

The band performed at Lollapalooza Argentina earlier this week and was set to take the stage Friday at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia.

Organizers of the event announced the musicians had to cancel the appearance due to a "very serious medical situation," reported.

Before joining Foo Fighters as a replacement for William Goldsmith in 1997, Hawkins played drums for Alanis Morissette's iconic Jagged Little Pill concert tour.

Foo Fighters has won 12 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

The band also appeared in the recent horror-comedy film, Studio 666, and the musicians were announced as performers for next weekend's Grammy Awards ceremony.

TMZ said Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison, son Oliver and daughters Annabelle and Everleigh.

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