TORONTO - The plan was in place: Platinum Blonde would get back together this week to rehearse for a triumphant reunion gig, the first such performance in two decades for one of Canada's best-loved bands of the 1980s.

They were just waiting for a call from bassist Kenny MacLean.

It was all MacLean's idea, to get together to jam out their hits together again -- iconic Canadian songs like "Crying Over You" and "Somebody Somewhere."

Instead of triumph, however, there was tragedy. MacLean was pronounced dead Monday after he was found collapsed and unresponsive in the bathroom at his downtown Toronto apartment.

"We were (going) to put together a Platinum Blonde show for the first time in over 20 years and the rehearsal was set for 5 p.m. Monday," said drummer Chris Steffler.

"I just couldn't figure out why he wasn't returning calls to confirm ... Now we're all just kind of shocked."

Rumours and gossip quickly emerged suggesting that MacLean's death may have been a drug overdose or suicide attempt, but Steffler said there's no evidence yet to back up those theories.

Police say they have no information to suggest MacLean's death was drug-related.

MacLean was found in his bathroom with a toothbrush in his hand and the tap running, Steffler said, which suggests he might have suffered a heart attack.

"He had his track pants and a T-shirt on -- it's not like it was after a show and he had a bunch of (cocaine) on his face or a needle sticking out of somewhere," he said.

"There's no way he would take his own life or anything like that, and his party consumption days were long behind him, so it's really untimely."

As news of MacLean's death spread, tributes were posted online and colleagues praised his creativity.

Just days earlier, MacLean gave an "electrifying" performance at a party in Toronto to celebrate the upcoming release of his third solo album, "Completely," Steffler said.

Record producer Terry Brown, who has worked on several classic Rush albums and music by the likes of Max Webster and Blue Rodeo, said MacLean's death was "very sad news" and marked the loss of a great talent.

"He was an incredibly talented fellow who had so much enthusiasm and such great ideas; he was a pop-meister, he just wrote great pop tunes," said Brown, who worked with MacLean on his solo album, "Clear."

"And he was just one of those people that always had lots of melodies and great ideas in his head and was always dying to get things done. Unfortunately, we never got this (latest) record off the ground, which is a real shame. It had so much potential but ... I guess it just wasn't meant to be."

MacLean joined Platinum Blonde for their second album, 1985's "Alien Shores," which featured one of the band's biggest Canadian hits, "Crying Over You," which won a Gemini Award for best music video.

The album went quadruple platinum and 1987's "Contact" went platinum.

MacLean won a SOCAN Award for his solo album, "Don't Look Back," and he also strayed from his rock roots to play with the Edmonton Symphony and Orchestra London.

Most recently, in addition to preparing to release his latest CD, he worked on a project called Rock Through The Ages, playing covers of musical hits from the 1950s through to today's singles by the likes of Oasis and Coldplay.

His new band played regular gigs in Toronto as well as corporate shows for the likes of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, TD Canada Trust, the Toronto Blue Jays and Yamaha Music Canada.

He also worked with a company called hMh Music, an independent record label and music company dedicated to working with emerging artists.