Taylor Hawkins' heart was 'DOUBLE normal size after drugs cocktail binge'
27th March 2022

TAYLOR Hawkins' heart weighed double that of most men his age, it emerged today.

Forensic experts are said to have discovered it weighed "at least 600 grams" during an autopsy following his shock death on Friday at a luxury hotel in the north of the Colombian capital Bogota.

Investigators have concluded the 50-year-old suffered cardiovascular collapse after binging on a cocktail of drugs, respected Colombian news magazine Semana reported.

It also said authorities had confirmed to them the famed musician had overdosed on heroin mixed with antidepressants and benzodiazepines which are psychoactive drugs known as benzos.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s office has already confirmed an initial autopsy carried out on Saturday revealed traces of 10 different drugs in Hawkins’ urine, including opioids which can range from heroin to fentanyl and morphine.

It also revealed in a statement marihuana and antidepressants were detected.

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A heavier-than-normal heart weight may be associated with cardiac diseases including cardiomyopathy which makes it harder for the organ to pump blood to the rest of the body and can lead to heart failure.

Drug use can cause damage to the heart and the use of toxic substances is a main risk factor for sudden cardiac death.

And when referring to the death of Hawkins, a statement read: “Colombia’s National State Prosecution Service can confirm the following after the initial autopsy on the body of Taylor Hawkins.

"1) That in the toxicology test on Taylor Hawkins’ urine 10 types of substances were preliminarily found, including marihuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.

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"2) The National Institute of Forensic Medicine is continuing its medical studies to be able to completely clarify the facts that led to Taylor Hawkins death.

"3) Colombia’s National State Prosecution Service will continue with its investigation and reveal the results obtained as part of this investigation as appropriate."

The Secretariat of Health had issued an earlier statement confirming the drummer had sparked a medical emergency after suffering “chest pains" leading to his death in a Colombian hotel room at age 50.

It came amid reports in local media that drugs had been found in the hotel room of the star.

Police who entered Hawkins' hotel room told prosecutors that they saw a "white powder" in the room along with a few opened alcoholic beverages, according to Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Velez.

The Metropolitan Police of Bogota said: “The cause of death has yet to be established.
“According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.”

Tragic death

The band said they were "devastated" by the tragedy, which forced them to pull out of a gig in Colombia and cancel their South America tour.

Shocked fans gathered outside the Casa Medina hotel north of the capital Bogota on Friday night as a coroner's ambulance took away his body.

Local reports said the dad-of-three rocker suffered chest pains but was already dead by the time medical responders arrived.

The other members of his band – Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee – told fans the shocking news on Twitter last night.

The band said: "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."

The Foo Fighters statement did not reveal how he died, but concert promoters said there had been "a very serious medical situation".

Rockstar tributes

Fellow rock legends have been mourning on social media platforms.

Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: "@TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician.

"My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy."

Billy Idol shared a picture of Taylor, and wrote with a broken heart: "So tragic.Rest in peace Taylor."

Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello posted a photo with his friend and wrote: "God bless you Taylor Hawkins.

"I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend."

An outpouring of grief came from fans of Taylor and the band on social media.

One wrote: "We are devastated by this. Our hearts go out to his family & Foo brothers."

Another said: "In absolute shock & disbelief over the passing of Taylor Hawkins. I've always had so much admiration for him.

"Amazing drummer & a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around. I'm absolutely gutted…my deepest condolences to his bandmates & family."

Earlier the Picnic Stereo Fest – a major music festival in Bogota – said the Foo Fighters would not be able to take to the stage.

It tweeted: "It is with a broken heart that we are here to tell you some very sad news.

"Due to a very serious medical situation, Foo Fighters will not be able to perform tonight and have canceled the rest of their South American tour."

'Live fast die young'

Previously, Taylor spoke openly about his battle with drugs and revealed he once overdosed on heroin in 2001.

He said in 2018: "I was partying a lot. I wasn't a junkie per se, but I was partying. There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.

"Thank God on some level this guy gave me the wrong line with the wrong thing one night and I woke up going, 'What the f**k happened?' That was a real changing point for me."

And last year in an interview with Kerrang, he said: “I used to do a lot of f***ing drugs. You get the work done."

He continued while cryptically speaking of "living fast and dying young": “Everyone has their own path and I took it too far. I was partying in London one night, and I mistakenly did something and it changed everything.

"I believed the bulls*** myth of live hard and fast, die young.

"I’m not here to preach about not doing drugs, because I loved doing drugs, but I just got out of control for a while and it almost got me.

"I was heading down a road that was going to lead to even worse paths. Whether someone’s sober, or they like a glass of wine with dinner, or they want a bottle of Jägermeister before they go onstage, or they like to smoke doobies all day long, everyone has their own path, and I took it too far.

"I’m glad it got knocked on the head at that point. I wouldn’t take anything away that I’ve done or been through either, because it’s all part of the trip and the journey.

"I’m trying to be as candid as I can be. I go mountain biking now.”

Icon's legacy

Taylor posted about new music just weeks ago.

His last Instagram post was to share a video teasing a new single by Navarro Hawkins Chaney, the trio Hawkins was part of along with Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney.

"I see we're back to our old games again," the video text reads. "Take the dead whore out of the closet."

Taylor joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 after they lost their original drummer William Goldsmith.

He also played the drums with some other prolific artists in his career.

He drummed with Alanis Morisette as she toured at the height of her career in the 90s.

Later he thanked her for his "big break", adding: "I’d be delivering pizza if it wasn’t for her."

Taylor appeared in an episode of HBO's Music Box written about the Ironic songstress, recalling his time in her band.

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While with the band, Taylor started a side project called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.

The musician leaves behind wife Alison Hawkins, whom he married in 2005, and children Oliver, 16, Annabelle, 13 and Everleigh, eight.

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