Replacements Drummer Steve Foley Dead Of Apparent Drug Overdose

Steve Foley, who played drums in the Replacements towards the end of the band’s career, died last weekend in Minneapolis of an accidental prescription-medication overdose at the age of 49, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

After original drummer Chris Mars left the band, Foley was recruited to replace him in 1990. According to “All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History of the Replacements,” frontman Paul Westerberg and guitarist Tommy Stinson met Foley in a Minneapolis bar and hitched a ride with him to the drummer auditions they were holding. Their album All Shook Down happened to be playing on his stereo, prompting Stinson and Westerberg to declare, “You’re already in.”

He stayed on with the band through their farewell tour, which ended on July 4, 1991, in Chicago’s Grant Park. After the breakup, Foley and brother Kevin joined Stinson’s band Bash & Pop. He was most recently working as a car salesman in Minneapolis.

The Tribune reports that visitation will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel in Edina, Minnesota, with burial to follow at Lakewood Cemetery.