Taylor Hawkins’ Initial Toxicology Reports Say Marijuana, Opioids, and Other Medications Were In His System at Time of Death


Last night, the rock world was shocked to hear that Taylor Hawkins, drummer for world-conquering rock act Foo Fighters, had died at the age of 50. Now, initial toxicology reports have been released that show that there were narcotics in Hawkins’ system at the time of his death.

As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia released a statement saying that preliminary toxicology tests found 10 different substances, including marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, were in Hawkins’ system at the time of his death.

While this is not proof that Hawkins died of an overdose, it does suggest that the substances were involved in his death. This also makes sense, given a statement issued earlier today that said (via Blabbermouth): “According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of narcotic substances.”

In a statement, the Bogota municipal government said the city’s emergency center received a report of a patient with “chest pain” and sent an ambulance on Friday evening. Paramedics attempted to revive him but there was no response and Hawkins was declared dead at the hotel in northern Bogota, the statement added.

Hawkins’ death was announced late last night, around 11pm EST, with the following statement from the Foo Fighters:

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.

Everyone at MetalSucks sends their heart out to Taylors family, friends, bandmates and collaborators during this difficult time.

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