As a fan of the Darkness, I think its a terrible shame.
After fighting against the bastards at the NME etc for god knows how long theyve self destructed in a way to have the NME take the piss for ever more.
And although I respect Hawkins decision to call it quits and fight his addiction on his own terms, I cant see why he couldnt be a bit stronger, and try to continue in the band - none of the others are taking it as far as I know, and surely if he wants rid he could remove any bad influences in the entourage.
It was different for Freddie - the 70's were a different time - there was less social pressure on Celebs to kick the habit, and it was less hidden - Hawkins had kept the extent of his addiction secret from everyone.
I kinda hope they dont carry on without him - I think he was the x factor in the band, so the best hope for them is that he decides to rejoin in time.
Another good band bites the dust then!