Former Train Bassist Charlie Colin Passes Away, Aged 58

23 May 2024 | 8:50 am | Mary Varvaris

Charlie Colin was in Train from the band's formation in 1993 until October 2003 and was with the group when they experienced the success of 'Drops Of Jupiter'.

Train's 'Drops Of Jupiter' music video

Train's 'Drops Of Jupiter' music video (Source: YouTube)

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Charlie Colin, the former bassist with the American pop rock band Train, has passed away at age 58.

A founding member of the group, Colin passed away after he slipped and fell in the shower. He was housesitting for a friend living in Brussels, Belgium.

According to sources who spoke to TMZ and Variety, Colin wasn’t found until his friends returned home five days ago. Details of his passing are still mostly unknown.

Colin founded Train alongside lead singer Pat Monahan, guitarist Rob Hotchkiss, guitarist Jimmy Stafford, and drummer Scott Underwood in late 1993. He was with the band from its formation until October 2003, when he was forced out due to alleged substance abuse.

While in Train, Colin experienced an ultra-successful single and album with the band’s 2001 LP, Drops Of Jupiter. In Australia, the album peaked at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart, while the title track went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement.

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Colin played on Train’s first three albums: their eponymously titled 1999 debut album, Drops Of Jupiter and June 2003’s My Private Nation.

Since his departure from Train, Colin played with Slipknot and Puddle Of Mudd before reuniting with Hotchkiss and enlisting singer Tom Luce in the band Painbirds in 2015. Two years later, Colin formed the band Side Deal.

Before he passed away, Colin’s social media profiles indicated that he was the Musical Director for the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Paying tribute to their former bandmate, Train shared an old press shot on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “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 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”.