Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in Colombia on Friday, had a heart twice the average size of men his age, according to a new report.
Forensic experts found Hawkins’ heart weighed “at least 600 grams,” double the average of 300 to 350 grams, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
Hawkins, 50, was found dead in a hotel room at the Four Seasons Casa Medina in Bogota on Friday. Several drugs were found in his room, according to a report citing Colombian authorities.
“Colombian authorities found: marijuana, antidepressants, opioids, heroin [sic]. At least 10 different substances found,” said journalist Luis Carlos Velez tweeted Saturday afternoon citing Fiscalia Colombia, the national prosecutor’s office.
Velez initially reported that Hawkins, a California native, overdosed but later backtracked in a follow-up tweet.
“Press release from the Colombian authorities confirming 10 substances found #TaylorHawkins – Official release says no overdose. The investigation is ongoing,” he wrote.
Hawkins died of a cardiovascular collapse, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday morning, citing the Colombian news magazine Semana.
A police officer said a “cocaine-like powder” was seen in the Velez hotel room Expectationswhile national newspaper El Tiempo reported that authorities “found hallucinogenic drugs” but “no sign of violence in the luxury hotel room.”
“Colombian authorities found: an empty beer can, an opened bottle of vodka, a Coca-Cola bottle and some ‘other items’ which were analyzed by the authorities,” Velez reported.
After his death, tributes spilled out for Hawkins – the drummer behind international Foo Fighters hits like “My Hero”, “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You”.
Heartbroken fans gathered outside the hotel on Friday night to mourn the acclaimed drummer.
“It was a band I grew up with. It leaves me empty,” Juan Sebastian Anchique, 23, told The Associated Press as he mourned Hawkins’ death outside the hotel.
Before his death, Foo Fighter guitarist Dave Grohl told the Post how important it was to be in a band.
In his 2021 memoir The Storyteller, Grohl called Hawkins his “brother from another mother, my best friend, a man I would take a bullet for,” and recounted the instant connection when Hawkins joined the 1997 Foo Fighters came.
“When we first met, our bond was instant and we grew closer with every day, every song, every note we ever played together,” he wrote. “We are absolutely destined to be, and I am grateful that we found each other in this life.”
Days before Hawkins died, he was lured from his hotel room in Paraguay to meet a 9-year-old street drummer, with whom he shared a heartwarming moment.
Emma Sofía and her father Julius Peralta bought tickets to see the band at the Asunciónico music festival on March 22, but the event was canceled due to severe flooding, according to Nexstar. Fans then learned that the Foo Fighters were staying at the Sheraton Hotel in Asuncion.
“We took her drum kit and left,” Peralta reportedly said.
As the smiling late drummer posed for a now viral image, dozens of fans were in the background cheering on the beaming duo.
“Dreams come true,” Peralta captioned the photo on Twitter.