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Charlie Colin dead at 58: Founding member of rock band Train dies in tragic accident after he ‘slipped and fell in the shower’

Charlie Colin, a founding member of the American pop rock band Train, has died at age 58.

His mother confirmed the tragic news saying the Drops of Jupiter star ‘slipped and fell in the shower’ according to TMZ. 

The incident is said to have taken place while Colin – a former bassist for the band – was house-sitting for a friend in Belgium. It is currently unclear exactly when he passed away.

His mother said Charlie was not found until his friends came back from their trip approximately five days ago.  

Colin was reportedly forced to leave the successful group in 2003 due to substance abuse issues.

Lead singer Pat Monahan said at the time: ‘Charlie is one incredible bass player, but he was in a lot of pain, and the way he was dealing with it was very painful for everyone else around him.’ 

Charlie Colin dead at 58: Founding member of rock band Train dies in tragic accident after he 'slipped and fell in the shower'

Charlie Colin dead at 58: Founding member of rock band Train dies in tragic accident after he ‘slipped and fell in the shower’

Train, left to right, Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan, Charlie Colin, in Chicago, Illinois, July 3, 1998

Train, left to right, Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan, Charlie Colin, in Chicago, Illinois, July 3, 1998

Monahan is then said to have called a band meeting to chose between himself or Colin.

‘They weren’t happy about the choice. They were very clear that I put them in a very tough position,’ he said at the time. 

The ultimatum came after Colin was ‘a mess’ during a live performance in Oregon, according to Monahan. 

Speaking of his departure, Colin said during an appearance on Delphine’s Circle last year: ‘There was a lot of things that led to me leaving, but it really escalated into it. 

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‘We never took a break. We drove our tour bus into the parking lot of the recording studio for our second and third record. In Philadelphia, we made our one-and-a-half record… We just never stopped. It’s kind of one those things where you feel like this is too good to be true. Most bands have a lifespan of a few years.’

Colin’s time performing wasn’t done, however, as he later joined forces with fellow Train musician Rob Hotchkiss to form the band Painbirds. 

He also played with illustrious rock bands Puddle of Mudd and Slipknot. 

‘When I left Train, I went out because my ego and my identity were all at stake and I was thinking about that too much,’ he recalled on the Dan Clark podcast in 2022. ‘I went out and played with all these hard rock bands. I went on a tour with Slipknot. You can imagine the guys wearing masks and stuff. These are the hardest rock bands in the world.’ 

Colin's final Instagram post was on Mother's Day, paying tribute to his mom who broke the tragic news about his death

Colin’s final Instagram post was on Mother’s Day, paying tribute to his mom who broke the tragic news about his death

More recently, Colin had relocated to Brussels where he was teaching a music master class at a conservatory as well as making music for a film. 

He also appeared to be working as an artist in Belgium. 

Colin’s final Instagram post was on Mother’s Day, paying tribute to his mom who broke the tragic news about his death.

‘My mom… Jackie O/ yet a tad prettier,’ he captioned the throwback snap. ‘A true artist. the loveliest most intelligent woman. happy mother’s day.’

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Train formed in San Francisco in 1993 and achieved mainstream success with their self-titled debut album in 1998, producing the hit song Meet Virginia. 

Charlie performing in 2003 during a Train In Concert

Charlie performing in 2003 during a Train In Concert 

However, they reached further success with the hit song Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) from the 2001 album of the same name. 

The song won two Grammy Awards in 2002, with the album reaching double platinum status. 

Colin was part of the original lineup consisting of original members Pat Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood.

Train, who are still active today, have sold over 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide.

They embarked on a two-year hiatus beginning in 2006 before returning in 2009 with their fifth studio album Save Me, San Francisco. Their album contained their hit single Hey, Soul Sister. 

Since then, Train have released six more studio albums, more recently AM Gold in 2022. 

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