Train Mourns ‘Legend’ Charlie Colin: ‘I’ll Always Have a Warm Place for Him in My Heart’


The bassist died at age 58.

Train (left to right): Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan and Charlie Colin, in Chicago on July 3, 1998.

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Train is mourning the loss of founding member Charlie Colin, following news that the bassist died at age 58.

“When I met Charlie Colin, front left, I fell in love with him,” the band’s frontman Pat Monahan wrote alongside a photo of the OG band on Instagram on Wednesday (May 22). “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.”

See the full post here. Colin helped form Train with lead singer Pat Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood in the ’90s. 

According to  this publication, who spoke to the musician’s mother, the California-bred musician died after slipping and falling in the shower while house-sitting for a friend in Brussels, Belgium. His mother said it’s unclear when exactly Colin passed away, as his body was found only after his friends returned from their trip approximately five days ago.

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Colin reportedly moved to Brussels to teach a music masterclass and was working on new music for a film at the time of his death. Colin had been documenting his time abroad on social media, where he declared that the city was his “officially [his] favorite city” in a March Instagram post.

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