Original Train Bassist Charlie Colin Dead at 58

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Charlie Colin, the founding bassist of Train who played with the band from 1994 to 2003, has died from a falling accident at the age of 58.

Per TMZ, Colin was housesitting for some friends in Belgium when he slipped and fell in the shower. The musician was found when his friends returned home five days later, and his mother confirmed to TMZ that he had passed.

Colin, a Berklee College of Music grad, played with guitarist and fellow alum Rob Hotchkiss in the rock band Apostles in the early ’90s. Hotchkiss eventually formed Train with Pat Monahan in 1994 alongside Colin, guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood. He played on the band’s first three studio albums from 1998 to 2003, which included hits like “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Calling All Angels.”

Colin was forced out the band in 2003 due to substance abuse issues, but continued his music career throughout the last two decades. According to his mother, he had moved to Belgium to teach a music master class at a conservatory and was working on music projects before his death.

UPDATE: Train have issued a statement after Colin’s passing. Sharing a photo of the band’s original lineup on their Facebook page, the band — presumably Pat Monahan — wrote, “When I met Charlie Colin, front left, I fell in love with him. He was THE sweetest guy and what a handsome chap. Let’s make a band that’s the only reasonable thing to do. His unique bass playing a beautiful guitar work helped get folks to notice us in SF and beyond. I’ll always have a warm place for him in my heart. I always tried to pull him closer but he had a vision of his own. You’re a legend, Charlie. Go charm the pants off those angels.” See the post below.

Original Train Bassist Charlie Colin Dead at 58
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