On Friday evening, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, 50, was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia just before the band’s scheduled performance. Hawkins reportedly called the front desk of the hotel complaining of chest pains and was soon found by emergency responders where they tried, but ultimately were unabled, to revive him.
“The city’s Emergency and Emergency Regulatory Center received a report about a patient with chest pain in a hotel located north of the city. An ambulance was dispatched to attend to the case,” said a press release from the District Secretary of Health in Colombia.
While the cause of death has not yet been disclosed, Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office released a preliminary “forensic medical study” that reported the results of a urine toxicology test. This test identified 10 psychoactive substances, including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.
This report did not say there was an overdose, nor was drug usage confirmed.
Hawkins had previously struggled with drug use, but after overdosing on heroin in 2001 and being in a coma for two weeks, he recognized the danger of drug use and became an outspoken critic of “glamorizing” the lifestyle of partying and drugs.
In 2017, Hawkins reported being sober in a Rolling Stone interview.
In a 2021 interview with Kerrang! magazine, Hawkins claimed this was the “wake-up call” he needed. “I was partying in London one night, and I mistakenly did something and it changed everything,” said Hawkins in reference to his overdose. “I believed the bulls**t myth of live hard and fast, die young… I just got out of control for a while and it almost got me.”
While these interviews don’t mean the deceased drummer didn’t partake in the occasional drugs and alcohol, he certainly didn’t seem to be in any danger of overdosing again. However, much of the media has already jumped the gun and is reporting Hawkins’ untimely death as a “drug OD”.
In fact, friends Perry Farrell – Lollapalooza creator – and his wife Etsy publicized a voice message from Hawkins that they received the night before his death in which he said “Take care of each other. And I’ll take care of myself. And I’ll see you in Sao Paulo. I love, love. love you. Sleep well.”
A new report added more details to the potential factors surrounding Hawkin’s passing, saying the drummer died of a cardiovascular collapse. The weight of his heart was reportedly double the average for men of his age, reportedly weighing “at least 600 grams”.
According to the Myocarditis Foundation’s description, myocarditis is a “disease that causes inflammation of the heart muscle. This inflammation enlarges and weakens the heart, creates scar tissue and forces it to work harder to circulate blood and oxygen throughout the body.”
This description alludes to myocarditis as a possible factor in Hawkins’ death and, while nothing is yet confirmed, happens to be a common side effect of the Covid-19 vaccines. It has been difficult to confirm which Covid vaccines Hawkins received before he died, but it is assumed he was fully vaxxed, sinced it was mandatory for all fans at the band’s concerts per frontman Dave Grohl’s intense pro-vaccination stance.
It has been speculated by many that the drummer’s sudden death was due to myocarditis as a result of his speculated vaccinations, not drug use. Many people are looking at the recent reports of sudden deaths in athletes and prominent celebrities, like Bob Saget, soon after being injected with the Covid vaccine and adding Hawkins to the list of vaccine-related fatalities.
The Foo Fighters had already mandated Covid-19 vaccinations for fans hoping to attend their concerts. However, there were exemptions made for those that are medically compromised or under the age of 12.
“Children under 12 years of age or fans with a valid medical reason preventing vaccination will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and will provide proof of negative results prior to entering the venue. Mask wearing will be encouraged,” the band’s press release announced.
Regardless of his cause of death, Hawkins died too young, leaving behind his wife, Alison, and two children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.