UPDATE: An official press release stated that drugs were not involved. More info here.
Static-X frontman and founder Wayne Static has died. He was only 48 years old, just a few days shy of his 49th birthday, and was scheduled to hit the road with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool later this year. The cause of death has not been officially released as of the time of this post, although an Instagram post by Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach (embedded below) would seem to indicate that Static died of a drug overdose.
We liked to poke fun at Static’s music and unique haircut here at MetalSucks, but it should go without saying that we would never wish him any harm, and it’s a terrible shame when any member of our community passes, let alone at such a young age. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Posted on the official Static X Facebook page at 11pm EDT last night:
Static-X Founder Wayne Static
Passed Away At Age 48
November 1, 2014 – Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as WAYNE STATIC, passed away at the age of 48.
WAYNE STATIC was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.
No additional information is available at this time.
Here’s the Instagram post by Shaddix that alleges drugs were involved:
RIP WAYNE…. THIS IS SO SAD. TOO MANY MUSICIANS ARE DYING FROM OVERDOSES. IM SERIOUS ADDICTION IS REAL AND TAKES FOOLS OUT. NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE. SO GLAD I LIVE A SOBER LIFE TODAY. THE NUMBER OF FRIENDS THAT I HAVE LOST TO ADDICTION IS CRAZY. IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITN ADDICTION GET SOME HELP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. I KNOW DRUGS AND PARTYING ARE PART OF THE “rock n roll lifestyle” BUT DAMN HOW MANY MORE GOTTA DIE??? FUCK THE LIFESTYLE I WANT LIFE!!!! SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE WAYNE….
A photo posted by @jacobydakotashaddix on