Ihe drummer of the alternative rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, had consumed cannabis, opiates and antidepressants before dying on Friday night in a hotel in Bogota. The toxicological analysis reports ten substances so far found in Taylor Hawkins’ body, including benzodiazepines and opiates, according to a statement from the Colombian prosecutor’s office.
Medical examiners continue to work toward a full clarification of the facts that led to Hawkins’ death. Shortly before dying, the drummer complained of chest pain. Called for help, a general practitioner tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him, according to the town hall of Bogota. The Foo Fighters, one of the most notorious alternative rock bands on the American scene, often acclaimed by critics, winner of several Grammy Awards and author of big hits, were to play this Friday in Bogota on the occasion of the Estéreo Festival Picnic.
A minute of silence
The concert was cancelled, and the thousands of people waiting for the show to begin observed a minute of silence. The band also canceled a concert scheduled for March 27 in São Paulo, Brazil. Taylor Hawkins had been a part of the Foo Fighters since 1997, playing drums on some of their biggest hits, including “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You.” He previously played drums for Canadian indie singer Alanis Morissette. The Foo Fighters celebrated their 25and anniversary last year and had recently produced Studio 666a rock horror film.