After Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died at the age of 50 last week after complaining of chest pains in his hotel room, his body was finally returned to the U.S. on Tuesday night after the drummer was widely mourned this past weekend.

Hawkins’ former bandmates, including Dave Grohl, returned to America on Sunday, while their touring manager Gus Brandt stayed in Colombia and arranged transport for Hawkins. The Foo Fighters’ tour plane was seen being loaded with Hawkins’ casket on Tuesday afternoon and touched down in Los Angeles by 8 p.m. PST.

Hawkins’ body was released from Colombia’s National Institute of Legal and Forensic Science on Sunday afternoon, and it’s suspected to be revealed that he died from heart failure stemming from multiple drug intoxication.

It was suspected that Hawkins had been entertaining guests prior to calling down to hotel staff complaining of chest pains. He was found unresponsive by the time hotel security arrived at his room, and a journalist said that a white powder that seemed “cocaine-like” was found in his room. Toxicology reports detected as many as 10 drugs in Hawkins’ system, including marijuana, opioids, and benzodiazepines.


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Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison Hawkins, and their three children, OliverAnnabelle, and Everleigh. The Foo Fighters announced Saturday that they would be canceling future tour stops in the wake of Hawkins’ death. The band was set to perform some more shows, including one at the Grammy Awards this Sunday where they are also nominated for three trophies.

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