Did Taylor Hawkins overdose? Late Foo Fighters drummer had ‘cocktail of narcotics’ in system
A toxicology report has shown that Hawkins had multiple types of substances in his system at the time of his death
The world mourned the death of Foo Fighters iconic drummer Taylor Hawkins on Friday, March 25. The band had shared an official statement on Instagram dubbing the musician’s death as untimely and a tragic loss. Foo Fighters, the band which is led by frontman Dave Grohl, had not shared his cause of death earlier but a toxicology report hours later shed light on what might have caused such a sudden and unfortunate demise of Taylor Hawkins.
While the official cause of his death is still pending, a toxicology report has shown that the 50-year-old drummer had multiple types of substances in his system at the time of his death. According to People magazine, Taylor Hawkins’ body was found with 10 types of substances including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids, as revealed by the Attorney General's Office of Colombia. Also, the term “overdosed” was not used in the report. Taylor Hawkins is now survived by his wife, Alison, and three children namely Oliver Shane, Annabelle, and Everleigh.
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According to People magazine, the Attorney General's Office of Colombia shared in a statement said, “The toxicology test on urine from Taylor Hawkins' body preliminarily found 10 types of substances, including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids. The statement further read, “The National Institute of Legal Medicine is continuing medical studies to completely clarify the cause of death for Taylor Hawkins.” For the unversed, the Attorney General's office will also continue conducting its own investigation.
However, a different report in a Colombian magazine, Semana claimed that unnamed authorities told its reporters that heroin was part of the drugs found in Hawkins’ system, as reported by Variety. He was also reported to have an enlarged heart. Semana reported that “forensic doctors were shocked by the size of the drummer’s heart,” at more than 600 grams, and believed that was a factor in Hawkins quickly succumbing to “a cocktail of narcotics.” Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota. He was gearing up to perform on Friday night, March 25, before the band’s headlining set at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday, March 27.
The official Instagram account of Foo Fighters paid him tribute with the help of an official statement that read, “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of 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.” The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffeea are the current members of the band. William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl were some of the earlier members.