Charlie Colin, former bassist and founding member of Train, dies at age 58

5/22: CBS Morning News


Charlie Colin, who co-founded the music group Train and played bass for them, has passed on at 58 years old, as confirmed by his sister in a statement to CBS News.

Charlie Colin pictured during Train’s concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 22, 2003, in New York City. 

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Limited details are available, but reports from TMZ indicate that the artist had a tragic accident, slipping and falling in the shower while looking after a home in Brussels, Belgium. Colin had apparently been residing in Belgium, according to his social media accounts.   

“He was THE nicest person, and what an absolutely debonair gent,” read a statement from Train on their social media channels. “Let’s start a band; it’s the right decision. His distinctive bass and attractive guitar melodies were key in drawing attention to us in San Francisco and further afield. In my heart, there will forever be a special place for him. I did my best to keep him close, though he was firm in pursuing his own path. You’re a true icon, Charlie. Go ahead and dazzle the angels with your charm.”

Train was formed in San Francisco back in 1993 by the dynamic lead singer Pat Monahan, along with Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford, and Scott Underwood. They achieved fame in 2001 with their hit album and title track “Drops of Jupiter,” earning them Grammy nods for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance. 

Colin parted ways with the band in 2003 amid struggles with substance abuse, reports Variety. Despite that, he kept music close to his heart, performing in different bands including some projects with former members Hotchkiss and Underwood.

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