Charlie Colin, Train Co-Founder, Dies at 58

A Tragic Loss in the Music World Unfolds.

by Nouman Rasool
Charlie Colin, Train Co-Founder, Dies at 58
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Charlie Colin, one of the founding members of pop rock behemoths Train, has died at age 58. The bassist in the group, Colin died after falling through a shower door at a friend's house in Brussels, Belgium, where he was house-sitting the place.

A report from TMZ, which contacted his mother, states that the accident happened about a week ago, but no one knew until his friends checked up on the residence. Numeral Uno: Colin was looking to open a master class at the local conservatory in Brussels, perforating that unceasing interest in his work.

He even scored the music for a new film he was about to write music for, further testament to his tireless interest in his work. How he felt about this city was easy to find in a message on Instagram from March — Colin referred to the city as "officially favorite city."

Early Musical Beginnings

Charlie Colin's musical path began in his youth in Newport Beach, California, where he first crossed way with future band mate Rob Hotchkiss in middle school.

Both precocious in their love of music, the two attended the prominent Berklee College of Music in Boston, at different times. Their paths converged again in the Bay Area, where Hotchkiss and another musician, Pat Monahan, started creating music that would lay the foundation for Train.

The group was officially formed in the 1990s by Colin, Monahan, Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford, and Scott Underwood. The group screeched to success with chart-toppers like "Drops of Jupiter," a song that reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and netted Grammy nominations for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group and Record of the Year.

Their debut album that hit the market in 1999 also woke up some serious excitement, charting at No. 76 on the Billboard 200. Even though he had quit Train in 2003 due to his very serious struggle with addiction to drugs, Colin's influence on the band and the music industry at large continued to be quite indelible.

He returned to the music industry in 2015 at a time when he formed the Painbirds band with Hotchkiss, Underwood, and Tom Luce. Echoing that sentiment, their resilience and steadfast focus on music were echoed in a piece Hotchkiss wrote for the LA Times in 2015: "Charlie called me up and said, 'It's been this weird synchronicity where we're not even willing to consider quitting.'

First and foremost, our priority is writing songs and we really enjoy playing live." Charlie Colin has left a huge legacy of great music and an indelible mark with colleagues and fans worldwide. Part of the music community grieves Charlie Colin in different ways—personally felt losses that go beyond the talents and dreams of the man.