Authorities have revealed that Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, died as a result of a massively enlarged heart, among other disturbing circumstances.
Local media reported that Taylor Hawkins’ heart weighed more than twice as much as a regular adult male’s when he died in a Colombian hotel room last month.
The drummer for the Foo Fighters was discovered deceased in Bogota on Saturday at the age of 50.
According to the Colombian newspaper Semana, his heart weighed more than 600 grammes, which startled forensic professionals who examined it. Most men have a heart that weighs between 280 and 340 grammes, which is considered normal.
That component, combined with a combination of 10 drugs discovered in Hawkins’ system, are believed to have contributed to his death, according to authorities.
According to Colombia’s Attorney-General, he had taken antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids, as well as THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, before his arrest.
According to a storey in a prominent Colombian daily, heroin was also among the narcotics that were purportedly discovered in his system.
After experiencing “chest problems” in his Colombian hotel room, the drummer was sent to the hospital, according to a statement from the Secretariat of Health.
It stated that the city’s Emergency Regulation Center had received an alert regarding a patient suffering from chest pain in a hotel located in the city’s northern region, according to the statement.
Authorities also reported that an ambulance was dispatched to the location, and that a medical expert attempted unsuccessfully to revive Hawkins before he was pronounced dead on the spot.
“The District Secretariat of Health expresses grief for the passing of this outstanding and internationally renowned drummer and extends condolences to his family, bandmates, and adoring fans.”
Earlier this week, tragic fresh photographs showed mourning fans gathered outside Hawkins’ hotel, with police officers and members of the Technical Investigation Team seen moving Hawkins’ body away from the site.
Following Hawkins’ death, Colombian police released a statement regarding what they believe caused his death, in which they speculated that drugs were involved.
“The cause of death has not yet been determined,” according to the statement, which was published in a number of Colombian newspapers.
“According to some who were close to him, the death could have been caused by drug consumption.”
Hawkins’ death was confirmed by the Foo Fighters in a statement made earlier today.
“The tragic and untimely passing of our beloved Taylor Hawkins has left the Foo Fighters family in shock and disbelief. He will be remembered for the rest of his life for his musical spirit and contagious laughter,” the American rock band stated in a statement on Twitter.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the couple’s children and other family members, and we ask that their privacy be handled with the utmost respect during this impossibly painful time,’ the statement said.
The band is currently on tour in South America, and they were ready to perform at the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia, which was scheduled for July.
In a news release issued overnight, the District Department of Health in Bogota stated that an ambulance was dispatched to the hotel where Hawkins was staying in response to complaints of “a patient experiencing chest problems.”
According to Deadline, paramedics attempted CPR on the patient, but “there was no response, and the patient was pronounced died.”
According to Colombian media reports Hawkins was staying at the Casa Medina hotel in Bogota at the time of his death.
The son of Texas immigrants, Hawkins grew up in Southern California with his family. He initially gained recognition as the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette, who he met while growing up in Fort Worth. In 1997, he became a member of the Foo Fighters.
After hearing the news of Hawkins’ passing, a slew of musicians, celebrities, and fans flooded social media with messages of support for the late drummer.
In a statement on Twitter, the rock band Nickelback expressed their shock at the news of Taylor Hawkins’ death.
The @foofighters @Alanis and so many others were touched by the music he created with them, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, bandmates, team, friends, and everyone else who was ever touched by the music he created with them. “This is extremely sad,” says the author.
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) March 26, 2022
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” Rage Against the Machine vocalist Tom Morello wrote on Twitter, accompanying a photo of himself and Hawkins with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell. You have a wonderful spirit and an unstoppable force. Peace be with you, dear friend.”
Canadian artist Todd “Dammit” Kerns expressed his sorrow over the death of his friend Taylor Hawkins in a Facebook post.
“I’m at a loss for words. Taylor, you have my heartfelt gratitude. He’s thinking about his family and the other members of his band. A complete and utter tragedy.”
Hawkins was hailed by Ozzy Osbourne as “really a nice person as well as an amazing musician.”