Taylor Hawkins Had 10 Substances in His System When He Died, Colombian Officials Report

Taylor Hawkins Had 10 Substances in His System When He Died, Colombian Officials Report

Although Hawkins’ cause of Death has not been established, the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia reported a new update following a toxicology testing.

Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins
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Authorities in Colombia have released preliminary information about their investigation into Taylor Hawkins’ death.

The shocking news of the longtime Foo Fighters drummer’s passing at age 50 was announced Friday night (March 25) in a social media statement published on the band’s accounts.

Although Hawkins’ cause of death has not been confirmed, the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia on Saturday evening (March 26) reported an update that a urine toxicology test had found traces of 10 types of substances in his system, including THC (marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.


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The office noted that the National Institute of Forensic Medicine would continue its medical inquiry to get “total clarification of events that led to Taylor Hawkins’ death .”

The statement stated that the Office of the Attorney General would report any additional results.

Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Friday night in Bogota as part of Festival Estereo Picnic, but the well-loved performer, who had been with the band since 1997, was found dead in his hotel room.

A Bogota mayor’s office released a press release Saturday stating that the emergency center received a Friday night call about a patient experiencing “chest pains” at a hotel in the northern part. A private ambulance team arrived at the scene and an ambulance was dispatched. Hawkins was declared dead by health workers who tried to revive him with CPR.

Throughout the weekend, Hawkins’ friends and musical peers mourned his death and paid tribute to him, celebrating his “spirit and unstoppable rock power,” as Tom Morello put it. Miley Cyrus dedicated her Saturday night performance in Brazil to Hawkins, “the most bad ass dude I know who would want me to shine and sing LOUD for the love of rock n roll.”

#ATENCION | Comunicado oficial de la #Fiscalia General de la Nacion sobre la muerte del ciudadano extranjero Taylor Hawkins, baterista de la banda Foo Fighters. pic.twitter.com/K3Z7Ss9wcO

— Fiscalia Colombia (@FiscaliaCol) March 26, 2022

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