Music Legend Dies in Tragic Accident

( – In 1993, during the rise of American rock bands, Train emerged. The band is known for popular hits such as “Meet Virginia” and “Drops of Jupiter,” which shot to number one on the charts. Train is still actively performing and recording today, but sadly, one of its co-founding members recently died.

On Tuesday, May 22, TMZ reported that Charlie Colin, the band’s original bassist, was found dead. He reportedly slipped and fell in the shower while watching a friend’s house in Belgium. While his body was found on Friday, May 17, it’s not clear exactly when he fell. His friends found him on their return to their home in Brussels.

Train dates back to the mid-1990s, when Colin, along with Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, and Scott Underwood, formed the group. It took several years for the band to hit its stride, but they did. In 2002, they picked up two Grammy Awards, one for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and the other for Best Rock Song for “Drops of Jupiter.”

Colin left the band the following year amid reported struggles with substance abuse, though he never stopped performing. He would regularly jump back into the fray and perform with Underwood and Hotchkiss, but he never formally rejoined the band. At the time of his departure, Monahan, the band’s lead singer, acknowledged Colin’s “incredible” skills but noted the bassist “was in a lot of pain” and dealt with it in such a way that “it was very painful for everyone else around him.”

In a statement on Instagram, Train addressed the bassist’s passing, saying, “He was THE sweetest guy.” They paid tribute to “His unique bass playing and beautiful guitar work” that helped the band gain recognition first in San Francisco and then the world.

Colin’s mother paid tribute to him as well, saying what a beautiful human being he was. He was 58 at the time of his death and living in Brussels, where he was said to be working on music for a film and teaching a music master class.

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