Train pay tribute to bassist Charlie Colin, dead at 58

Train, fronted by lead singer Pat Monahan, have reacted to the death of the former bass player, who has passed away.

Sharing a photo of the band's original line-up - Pat, Charlie, Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss and Scott Underwood - one of the band members spoke on behalf the group, sharing a touching tribute on Train's Instagram page.

"When I met Charlie Colin, 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" the post reads.

"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."

The musician's mother told TMZ that he slipped and fell in the shower while house-sitting for a friend in Brussels.

His body was discovered when his friend returned home on the weekend.

Colin, who was a founding member of the pop-rock group, had moved to Belgium, where he taught a music master class.

He had also been busy recently working in a studio, and making music for a film.

Colin, Monahan, Hotchkiss, Stafford and Underwood formed Train in San Francisco in 1993.

The band - known for hits including Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me), Calling All Angels and Hey, Soul Sister - had huge success in the late '90s and early 2000s, winning two Grammy Awards in 2002.

Colin left the group in 2003, after battling substance abuse issues.

"There was a lot of things that led to me leaving, but it really escalated into it," Colin said in a 2023 interview with video podcast Delphine's Circle.

"We never took a break. We drove our tour bus into the parking lot of the recording studio for our second and third record... We just never stopped. It's kind of one those things where you feel like this is too good to be true."