Lee Rauch, Former Megadeth Drummer, Dead at 58


According to a post made on social media by his brother, former Megadeth drummer Lee Rauch died on Friday, June 23. No cause of death was given. Rauch, who was 58 years old, played on Megadeth’s 1984 Last Rites demo but was replaced by late drummer Gar Samuelson before the band’s debut album. Rauch also played briefly in Dark Angel, and in Wargod after that.

MetalSucks sends our condolences to Rauch’s family and friends. You can read the official statement from Lee Rauch’s brother, Chris, below:

“Today is a very sad day, we lost my brother William Lee Rauch. Lee was a very strong man of faith so I know he is with God now. He was an Awesome drummer, who helped launch one of the biggest metal names in history by being the first drummer for Megadeth, playing along side Dave Mustaine, Kerry King and David Ellifson. His heart was set on making it big and came very close numerous times. Lee was a very loving and giving individual who was extremely hard working, he continued to play drums later in his life for the church which made him happy. He was a loving son and a very honorable man.

“Most of all, he was my brother and though I didn’t always keep in touch the way I should have, I loved him very much and he will be greatly missed to my core. I love you brother, good journey. Hope you enjoy that setup they’ve got up there for you bro, bet its not as big as your blue set was though, lol.

“There will be a memorial service held for Lee, when we have the date and time I will relay it here. Please keep our family in your prayers.”

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