Taylor Hawkins’ death could be linked to drugs: police

The shocking death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins could be drug-related, authorities said.

Hawkins, 50, was found dead on Friday in a hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia, where heartbroken fans gathered outside in shock.

“According to those close to him, the death could be related to drug use,” Bogota’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement released by multiple news outlets in the South American nation and reported by the Mirror of London.

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Taylor Hawkins had reportedly complained to hotel staff about chest pains before his death.
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“The cause of death has not yet been determined,” warned the police.

An electrifying performer with a stage presence that oozes behind his drum kit, Hawkins had a history of known drug use. According to The Sun, he overdosed on heroin in 2001 and spent a week in a coma, just four years after joining the Foo Fighters.

Hawkins had reportedly complained of chest pains to hotel staff.

Police officers stand outside the hotel where Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died
Police are seen outside the hotel where Hawkins died early Saturday morning.
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People react to the tribute during the Estereo Picnic Festival to the drummer of the band Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, who died in Bogota, Colombia
People react to tribute to Hawkins during Estereo picnic festival.
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People react outside the Casa Medina Hotel Taylor Hawkins
Fans gathered outside the Casa Medina hotel, where Hawkins died, to pay tribute to the drummer.
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Taylor Hawkins was 50 years old at the time of his death.
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Police are guarding the hotel where drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead.
Police are guarding the hotel where drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead.
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The Foo Fighters pulled out of their scheduled performance at Friday’s Picnic Stereo Festival in Bogotá shortly after the death was announced.

The band played at Lollapalooza Chile on March 18th and Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20th. They should appear as headliners Lollapalooza Brazil On Sunday.

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