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Founding Member of Train Dies Unexpectedly at 58

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(L–R) The band Train — Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, Scott Underwood, Pat Monahan and Charlie Colin — in Chicago, Illinois, July 3, 1998. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

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

Colin had been living in Brussels and was housesitting for a friend when he apparently slipped and fell in the shower, according to a TMZ report.

Train was formed in San Francisco in the mid-1990s, and went on to enjoy massive commercial success with hits like “Hey Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Save Me, San Francisco.”

A man in sunglasses plays the bass guitar while a man sings next to him
(L–R) Charlie Colin and Pat Monahan of Train perform at the Borgata in Atlantic City in 2006. (Nick Valinote/FilmMagic)

Colin’s mother told TMZ that, in Brussels, Colin had been teaching a music masterclass and working at a studio. It was unclear exactly when he died; his body was discovered when friends returned to the home he had been housesitting.

Train, led by frontman Pat Monahan, posted a remembrance on Wednesday.


“When I met Charlie Colin, front left, I fell in love with him,” it read. “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 and 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.”

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