The Real Dope On Charlatan's Rob Collins

Despite the tragedy, the Charlatans U. K. are continuing. They'll continue working on their next album soon.

The results of an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the car crash

death of the Charlatans' Rob Collins, 33, on July 23 have shown that the

keyboardist had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his

vehicle spun off the road and flipped over, causing a fatal fractured skull and

internal injuries. According to Britain's New Musical Express

(NME), after leaving a party in Monmouth, Wales, the musician got behind

the wheel of his BMW 520i and subsequently lost control of the vehicle only a

mile from the studio at which the band were recording their upcoming album.

Collins, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, something the coroner

suggested might have saved his life, was thrown through the sunroof on impact,

while the passenger, Richard Peet was only slightly injured. The coroner also

reported that a postmortem screening revealed a blood-alcohol level of 178

milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood, a level considerably higher than the

legal limit of 80mg per 100. According to a source at Beggars Banquet, the band

are still searching for a studio replacement for Collins, whose work on the

Charlatans next album was 75% finished at the time of his death. The band are

expected to enter the studio shortly.