Foo Fighters drummer killed: Investigators find drugs in Taylor Hawkins’ blood

Death of Foo Fighters drummer
Investigators find drugs in Taylor Hawkins’ blood

While on tour with his Foo Foghters bandmates, drummer Taylor Hawkins died unexpectedly in Bogotá. The Colombian police now say that they can detect ten different substances in the dead musician’s blood – including opioids and THC.

Colombian police have released details of an initial toxicology investigation following the death of Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins. Traces of marijuana, opiates and antidepressants were found in the dead man’s body, investigators said on Saturday. Hawkins, 50, was found dead in a hotel in Bogotá on Friday evening.

“Toxicology analysis tentatively revealed ten different types of substances,” including THC — found in marijuana — tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, investigators said. They did not say whether the drugs led to the musician’s death.

Hawkins had died while on tour in Colombia, he had been on the drums with the Foo Fighters since 1997. On Saturday night, his bandmates pointed out the great skill and engaging charisma of their drummer in their Twitter message about Hawkins’ death: “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on among all of us forever.” The band also shared their deep sadness: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.”

According to the music journal “Metal Hammer”, he leaves his wife Alison and three children together. The US musician was found dead in a hotel in the Colombian capital Bogotá, the news magazine “Semana” initially reported online. The band was supposed to perform at the Estereo Pìcnic music festival there.

It was initially unclear how the performances of the Foo Fighters would continue – quickly on Saturday there was talk of canceling the South American tour. A Germany date for the band, who were inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2021, is planned for June 8 in Berlin.