Details are finally starting to emerge on the death of Taylor Hawkins

Details are finally starting to emerge on the death of Taylor Hawkins

It’s been two months since a call came out of Casa Medina, a Four Seasons property, in a neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia called Chapinero. It was 7:40 p.m. on Friday March 25 and a guest was complaining of severe chest pain. But by the time EMS responders arrived, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was gone.

Since then, fans have been kept in the dark. What was the cause of death? Where was the official toxicology report? What does the autopsy say? When and where did the funeral take place? Why was there complete radio silence from the band? And how is it possible that no information leaked out?

The blackout around Taylor’s death was hermetic. Until now.

A story in Rolling Stone titled “Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Final Days as a Foo Fighter” was posted online late Monday night (May 16). About 20 people close to Taylor were interviewed (including Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, RHCP’s Chad Smith and Taylor’s drum tech Chad “Yeti” Ward) and they helped shed some light on physical health and mental health of Taylor before that night in Bogotá. .

The article is a must read, and while some of the details and claims made have been denied or given no comment by the Foos organization, it could fill in some important gaps. (For context, you can read what I wrote about Taylor’s death here and here.) I should also mention that the Rolling Stone article confirms some things I’ve heard through various back channels.

Let’s take things one by one.

Taylor’s drug use

After falling into a two-week coma after an OD in 2001, Taylor claimed to have gone straight. Those close to him say he devoted himself to mountain biking and other fitness pursuits. What about hard drugs on a show day? Never.

But what about the infamous toxicology report?

It was a preliminary report from Colombia released within 24 hours of his death. And yes, he listed ten different substances apparently found in his system, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, and benzodiazepines via a urine sample, not a full blood panel. Even today, however, there has never been an official report from the United States confirming this, nor do we know the actual concentrations and combinations of these drugs. (A source of mine says the family disputed that toxicology report.)

OK, so why were there drugs in his system?

Opioids could have been prescribed as painkillers. Rolling Stone says the rigors of drumming for three hours a night in a band as intense as the Foo Fighters was taking its toll on Taylor’s body. I quote: “[Taylor was] “Trying really hard to figure out how to continue to keep the intensity of a young man in a 50-year-old body, which is very difficult.”

Benzos and antidepressants could have been linked to Taylor’s chronic stage fright. You would never know by watching the Foos play, but Taylor apparently had some serious insecurity issues as he wasn’t good enough to be in the band like the Foos. The article says Taylor felt like he was “in hell.”

The “powder-like” substances allegedly found in his hotel room? Rolling Stone says there was definitely no cocaine present. And any junkie will tell you there’s no way you can pull off a show day, especially if you’re going to play as hard as Taylor did.

I quote: “Taylor never played shit in his life. He always played as sober as possible. It was a show day. So for someone who says he was on drugs this day, that’s about the most untrue thing that can be said about him.

An overdose? No. Not at all likely. In fact, I would rule it out altogether.

What about his expanded heart?

When he died, a preliminary report said his heart weighed 600 grams, twice the weight of a man of his age and height. Like I said, Taylor became a fitness fanatic after his heroin “extended nap” (his words) in 2001. And as any drummer will tell you, performing night after night is a similar physical workout. to run a marathon. Taylor and her doctor had known about her “runner’s heart” (her doctor’s words) for some time before her death. It is also possible to have a heart collapse without medication being the trigger. After an incident last December (see below), Taylor let go of the mountain bike to give her heart a break.

So to all the anti-vaxxers who say his enlarged heart was a side effect of a COVID vaccine, get lost. His heart was this size long before the pandemic.

Taylor was also known to have sleep apnea, which if left untreated can lead to other health issues.

Was it Taylor who forced the Foo Fighters to cancel their F1 appearance last December?

Apparently. If you remember the story, the Foos were due to play a post-race gig at F1’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on December 12. The group flew privately from LA to Chicago where they were to connect with a scheduled Etihad. flight to the Middle East. However, the gig was canceled when an unnamed band member was taken to a hospital in Chicago. (This confirms what I heard from one of my sources.)

According to Rolling Stone, that member was Taylor. He lost consciousness in the private jet and was rushed to hospital upon landing.

I quote Chad Smith: “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him with IVs and all that. He was dehydrated and all sorts of things. The details of the collapse are still unknown.

Management says “That’s not true”.

Taylor was exhausted

After the scare in Chicago, Rolling Stone alleges it had a “heart-to-heart” with the management of Dave and Foos, saying it couldn’t keep up and they had to come up with something. He was really worried that he couldn’t handle all the postponed post-COVID dates the Foos had around the planet. (Foos management says there was no “heart-to-heart”.)

I quote: “He tried to follow,” [Matt] Cameron said. “He just did whatever it took to keep up, and in the end he couldn’t keep up.”

I quote Yeti: “He looked anorexic there for a while. Just before their departure for South America [this year] he said to me, ‘Man, Yeti, you would be so proud of me. I have a trainer. I do things right. I have already gained 15 pounds. I put things back on track. He was definitely stressed the last two years, because he definitely showed it in his weight.

Chad Smith: “Over the last few months he was starting to lift weights and drink those electrolytes and really trying to do things to help play at the level he wanted to play.”

Ultimately, we still don’t know why Taylor died. But if this information is true, some of the misinformation circulating can be exposed and speculation debunked.

Again, you must read the full article in Rolling Stone. Now that information is starting to flow, there is bound to be more because the taboo on reporting on this story is broken. We can debate questions regarding the privacy and wishes of Taylor’s family and the rest of the Foo Fighters, but all of that may soon become moot.

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