Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had marijuana, opioids and a number of other drugs in his system when he died, Colombian investigators report.

The 50-year-old was playing on the South American leg of the band's world tour when his sudden death was announced on Saturday.

In a statement following an initial forensic examination, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office said a preliminary urine toxicology test indicated the presence of 10 different substances, including marijuana, antidepressants and opioids.

The statement continued: "The National Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to conduct the necessary medical studies to ascertain the cause of death.

Taylor Hawkins with his daughter Annabelle and wife Alison at the Los Angeles Premiere of Studio 666 on 16 February 2022

"The Attorney General’s Office will continue to investigate and will duly inform the findings of forensic examinations in due time."

The rock group played in Argentina last Sunday and were due to perform in Bogota on Friday night.

It comes after the Bogota municipal government said the city’s emergency centre received a report of a patient with "chest pain" and sent an ambulance on Friday evening.

Paramedics attempted to revive Hawkins but there was no response and he was declared dead at his hotel in northern Bogota, the statement added.

The band, fronted by former Nirvana star Dave Grohl, said they were "devastated by the untimely loss" and asked for the privacy of Hawkins’ family to be respected.

Tributes have poured in from titans of the music industry, with Queen drummer Roger Taylor comparing his death to "losing a younger favourite brother".

"He was a kind brilliant man and an inspirational mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend one could ever have. Devastated," he said.

(L - R) Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters pictured together in November 2021

Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May said he is "heartbroken" adding that Hawkins was "family to us".

Hawkins will appear on May’s upcoming remastered second solo album, Another World Revisited.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker remembered the days when Hawkins played with Alanis Morissette before playing for the Foo Fighters, adding that he was "sad" he would never see him again.

"I’ll never forget Laguna Beach days when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band and you were playing with Alanis.

"You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, 'kid you’re a star’.

"And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination."

Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose said Hawkins was a "really great guy, drummer n’ family man" adding that he was "truly saddened" by the news of his death.

Taylor Hawkins on stage in November 2021

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger also paid tribute, writing: "So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time."

Meanwhile, Duran Duran star Roger Taylor said Hawkins was one of the last true "rock star drummers of our time."

"Whenever I saw Taylor play it always struck me that he embodied the spirit of punk, coupled with the amazing technique and ability.

"I was truly honoured what I heard that you were in the audience at our last show in Vegas. The Californian surf will miss you too Taylor," he added.

Liam Gallagher, former frontman of rock band Oasis said he was "devastated to hear the sad news" alongside rock band Biffy Clyro, musician Billy Idol and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who all tweeted their condolences.

Ozzy Osbourne, who rose to fame in Black Sabbath, praised Hawkins as a "great person and an amazing musician," and promised to "see him on the other side".

The band were scheduled to perform at the Grammys on April 3 and were due to begin a new tour of North America in May.

Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972 and raised in Laguna Beach, California.

He is survived by his wife Alison and their three children.

Source: Press Association