The music world continued to mourn the sudden loss of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins over the weekend. The band was on tour in South America at the time of the drummer’s death and was preparing to perform in Bogota, Colombia. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the band said in a statement. “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.” Colombia’s attorney general revealed details on Hawkins death (as reported by CBS News) saying the drummer had 10 different substances in his system when he died, and his heart weighed double that of men his age. Among the drugs found by a urine toxicological test performed by officials were marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines, the statement said. An exact cause of death was not announced, and the National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to investigate, the attorney general said. Health officials said that Bogotá’s emergency regulatory center received a report of a patient with chest pain Friday night. Health officials responded and performed resuscitation maneuvers, but were ultimately unsuccessful. “The District Department of Health mourns the death of this talented musician and drummer, widely recognized internationally for his work,” the Bogotá District Health Secretariat said in a statement. “In addition, the entity sends its message of condolences to the family, colleagues and followers.” Hawkins joined the band in 1997 after touring with Alanis Morissette for her hit album “Jagged Little Pill.” At the time, Foo Fighters founder and frontman Dave Grohl reached out to Hawkins for an opinion on a replacement drummer, and Grohl was surprised when Hawkins recommended himself saying he preferred to drum in a rock band and not for a solo act. Hawkins joined shortly after the Foo Fighters’ 1997 album, “The Colour and the Shape” and made his full-length debut with the band on 1999’s “Nothing Left to Lose,’ which earned the band its first of its 12 Grammy Awards and spawned the hit single “Learn To Fly.” Numerous tributes poured in over the weekend for Hawkins including messages from Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne, Nickelback, Tom Morello, Guns N’ Roses, Lars Ulrich, Brian May, Steven Tyler, David Draiman, Wolfgang Van Halen, Brian “Head” Welch, Wes Borland, Travis Barker, Mastadon, John 5 and many more.
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