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Where was Taylor Hawkins found?

Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, was found dead on March 25, 2022 in a hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia at the age of 50. Hawkins was in Bogotá as part of the Foo Fighters’ South American tour, with the band scheduled to perform at the Festival Estéreo Picnic on March 25. However, Hawkins did not make it to the concert venue that evening.

Discovery of Hawkins’ Death

According to reports, hotel staff called emergency services after Hawkins complained of chest pains. An ambulance was dispatched to the hotel shortly after 9 p.m. local time. When emergency responders arrived, they attempted to revive Hawkins, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The exact location of Hawkins’ death within the hotel has not been officially confirmed. However, it is widely reported that he was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Casa Medina hotel in northern Bogotá. The Casa Medina is located in the affluent Zona Rosa district of the city.

Announcement of Hawkins’ Passing

News of Taylor Hawkins’ shocking death was announced by the Foo Fighters in a statement posted to social media just after midnight on March 26. The band expressed devastation at the loss of their “beloved” bandmate and friend of 25 years. They asked for privacy as they grieved Hawkins’ untimely passing.

The Casa Medina hotel also released a statement expressing sorrow over the “death of the esteemed musician Taylor Hawkins” at the establishment. The hotel staff stated they would support the relevant authorities in their investigation.

Initial Drug Tests

After Hawkins’ death, authorities in Colombia conducted a preliminary toxicology test which detected at least 10 different substances in his body, including opioids, marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, and benzodiazepines. However, full autopsy and toxicology results were pending further lab tests at the time of the initial report.

The Attorney General’s Office in Colombia released a statement that Hawkins had an enlarged heart and evidence of a pulmonary embolism was found during an initial forensic examination. They cautioned no final determination of cause of death could be made until more tests were completed.

Ongoing Investigation

Following his death, a death investigation was launched by Colombian authorities. This included conducting interviews, reviewing hotel surveillance footage, and analyzing Hawkins’ medical history.

As part of the probe, investigators searched Hawkins’ room at the Casa Medina hotel. Photos showed officials in protective gear carrying evidence bags out of Room 421 after it was sealed off as an active crime scene. Several medical experts were also consulted as part of the inquiry into what caused Hawkins’ death.

Colombia’s National Police released a statement saying they would continue working “unhindered and objectively” to establish the cause and manner of Hawkins’ death through forensic sciences and criminal investigation techniques.

Hawkins’ Health History

Some initial reports indicated Hawkins had complained of chest pains prior to his collapse on March 25. Foo Fighters representative Tim Platt later refuted those claims, stating Taylor did not suffer chest pains or report significant health issues in the days leading up to the Bogotá concert.

However, it was known that Hawkins had a past history of drug abuse, causing him to fall into a coma in 2001. Afterward, he reportedly maintained sobriety for many years but had suffered a setback prior to his death.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl stated in a 2021 interview that Hawkins had just emerged from “a really dark place” but did not provide specifics, only saying it was related to his past substance abuse issues.

Possible Drug Overdose

Although full toxicology results were pending at the time of initial reports, the presence of opioids and other substances in Hawkins’ system strongly pointed to an accidental drug overdose as the cause of death. Experts stated the combination of drugs found could have caused cardiac arrest.

If the final autopsy confirms a drug overdose, it would not come as a major surprise given Hawkins’ known struggle with addiction. However, his loved ones said prior to his death that he had been committed to his health and music career.

Hawkins’ Last Show

On the evening of March 24, 2022, Taylor Hawkins played what would be his final show with the Foo Fighters at the Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia. Video clips showed the seasoned rocker energetically thrashing away behind his drum kit on stage.

By all accounts, it was a high-energy set that showed no outward sign of Hawkins being in ill health. The band tweeted after the show “Taylor, you’re a legend! Love you!” No one imagined the next night would end in tragedy.

Foo Fighters Cancel Tour

In the immediate aftermath of Taylor Hawkins’ death, the Foo Fighters canceled the remaining dates of their South American tour. This included their headlining performances at major festivals like Lollapalooza Brazil.

The band later issued a statement saying they were “sorry and deeply saddened” but felt canceling was the only course of action given the staggering loss of their drummer and the logistics required to reschedule the dates.

Vigils and Tributes

Fans around the world mourned the shocking death of Taylor Hawkins by gathering for vigils and paying tribute online. Impromptu memorials with candles, photos, and handwritten messages sprung up outside the Casa Medina hotel, at Foo Fighters concert venues, and in Hawkins’ hometown of Laguna Beach, CA.

Notable musicians like Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, and Billy Idol offered remembrances of Hawkins on social media. Foo Fighters’ official accounts also shared a video montage honoring his musical legacy.

Pearl Jam’s Tribute

At their concert in Santiago, Chile on March 27, Pearl Jam dedicated their set to Taylor Hawkins with frontman Eddie Vedder remarking how much Hawkins loved playing in Chile. The band then launched into an emotional rendition of “Yellow Ledbetter” in Hawkins’ memory.

Pearl Jam also paid tribute to Hawkins again at their next show at Lollapalooza Brazil, where Hawkins was scheduled to perform. Vedder called it “still hard to accept he’s gone” and said Hawkins would be “never forgotten.”

Return of Hawkins’ Body

On March 29, 2022, Taylor Hawkins’ body was flown back to the United States ahead of funeral plans and his burial. Foo Fighters band members Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, and Rami Jaffee accompanied his casket on the flight.

A private plane carrying Hawkins’ body landed in Los Angeles where it was received by his widow Alison. From there, he was transported to the LA coroner’s office before being released to his family for memorial services.

Autopsy Update

On June 24, 2022, preliminary results from Taylor Hawkins’ toxicology report were announced nearly three months after his death. The tests showed Hawkins had a cocktail of drugs in his system, including opioids, marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, and benzodiazepines.

The announcement stated Hawkins’ “urinary toxicology screening showed 10 types of substances” but did not specify if the death was an accidental overdose. The full forensic analysis remained underway.

Foo Fighters’ Future

In the months following Taylor Hawkins’ death, the Foo Fighters canceled all upcoming tour dates as they took time to grieve and reflect. The band’s future musical plans remained uncertain given the enormous void left by Hawkins’ loss.

Some speculated they might continue on with a new drummer, ask another rocker like Travis Barker to fill in, or bring in someone from Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal. But most signs point to the Foos remaining on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts

On September 3, 2022, the first of two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts was held at London’s Wembley Stadium featuring the Foo Fighters along with major artists like Brian May, Liam Gallagher, and Supergrass. The second concert took place at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.

Both shows celebrated Hawkins’ legacy with incredible performances and special appearances from musicians he idolized. Proceeds benefitted charities chosen by the Hawkins family. It was an emotional celebration of Hawkins’ life and musical gifts.

New Details Emerge

In early November 2022, a report with new details about the night of Taylor Hawkins’ death emerged based on a leaked Colombian attorney general’s office statement. The document indicated Hawkins suffered cardiovascular collapse after consuming a cocktail of drugs.

According to the report, Hawkins had THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his system. He complained of chest pains around 5 p.m. that evening but did not want medical assistance when first asked.

Toxicology Report Confirms Overdose

On December 27, 2022, the final toxicology report for Taylor Hawkins was released by the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, confirming he suffered a deadly overdose. The tests showed he had 10 substances in his system at the time of his death.

The report stated Hawkins had “intoxication produced by the combined consumption of opioids, benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants and hallucinogens.” His heart and liver were enlarged at the time of the autopsy as well.

Substance Level Detected
THC (marijuana) Positive
Tricyclic antidepressants Positive
Benzodiazepines Positive
Opioids Opiates, oxycodone, hydrocodone
Other substances SSRIs, stimulants, ethanol

The report provided the final confirmation that Hawkins’ death was an accidental drug overdose after an initial autopsy pointed in that direction. It gives some closure on the tragedy for his family, friends, and fans.


In conclusion, beloved Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead on the evening of March 25, 2022 in his hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogotá, Colombia. The discovery came after hotel staff responded to a call about his chest pains.

Colombian authorities immediately launched an investigation. Initial toxicology tests showed multiple substances in Hawkins’ system that could have caused cardiac arrest. A final report in December 2022 confirmed his cause of death as an accidental drug overdose.

The loss of Taylor Hawkins devastated Foo Fighters and rock fans across the globe. His death remains deeply felt by all those impacted by his incredible musical legacy. Hawkins will be remembered for his epic drumming talent and vivacious rock spirit.