Wayne Static’s Widow Tera Wray and Former Bandmates Comment on Static-X Founder’s Death
Following Static-X founder Wayne Static’s unexpected death over the weekend, condolences came from all corners of the metal community. Now Static’s widow — the former porn star Tera Wray — and two of Static’s former bandmates have offered their thoughts on his passing as well.
Wray’s post came via Static’s own Facebook page:
I would like to thank everyone on behalf of all the Wayne’s family and myself for all the kind words from all of Wayne’s friends and fans and other bands. Wayne went very peacefully in his sleep and probably didn’t even know that it happened. (Which makes me feel better that he wasn’t in pain.) It will be sometime before we know why it happened but I will keep everyone informed. He had so much more to give the world. As his wife, biggest fan, and worshipper, I will keep him alive and finish everything that I can that he has been working on. He will never die and I want to share everything that I can that he has to give to his fans and friends. I will try my hardest to be strong and make him proud. -Tera Wray Static
Tony Campos, who played with Static-X from 1994 to 2010, offered the following via his Facebook page:
I’m having a hard time finding the words to express how I feel right now, and it’s taken me a long time to even try to write something. I knew Wayne for 15 years. Some of the best times of my life were with him. I considered him a good friend. It’s sad, the way our friendship ended, but even more sad that we never got to settle things between us. Even though we were no longer friends the last five years, I held on to a sliver of hope that my old friend would come back. We were like family: Koichi Fukuda, Nick Oshiro, Erik Fincher, Bruce Reiter, Brandon Webster, Dinkus Maximus, Royal Jensen; we all just wanted our old friend back. Sadly, that’ll never happen. I feel so horrible for his parents and his brother and sisters. I can’t even begin to imagine what they must be going through. My deepest condolences go out to them. All we can do now, is remember the good times we all shared. Rest in peace Wayne.
Former Static-X Guitarist Koichi Fukuda, who played guitar in Static-X from 1994–2000 and again from 2005–2010, posted via Facebook:
I am still trying to process the sad fact that I’ve lost my dear old friend, Wayne Richard Wells.
He was an extra ordinary, one of a kind, very special person and also a very gifted artist with a clear vision. On a personal level, he was a smart, kind, caring sweetheart and soft-spoken gentleman. I really loved his dark, biting and sharp sense of humor. We all shared so many great times and also some tough times together like we are “Family”.
It makes me so sad and angry at the same time that I’ll never have a chance to reconcile with him. I thought the time is the only thing needed for all of us to realize what we had is something so special. I was just waiting patiently for my old friendWayne to come back and hoping someday we’ll play music together again in a same room with a smile on our face and have fun like old times. I’ll miss that special chemistry between the four of us forever.
My heart is breaking for his parents Richard and Darlene Wells and also his brother and sisters. They are the sweetest people I know. My deepest condolences go out to them.
Rest in Peace, Wayne. Thank you for everything. You will be missed by so many people including me.
Here at MS we’re still a bit taken aback by how much interest Static’s passing has generated; his music reached a lot more people than we ever thought. We’ll keep you all apprised of more information as we get it.