Singer/guitarist Wayne Static (born Wayne Richard Wells) of the industrial metal band STATIC-X has passed away at the age of 48. His death was confirmed by Wayne‘s publicists at FiXT Publicity.
No further details are currently available, but some of Wayne‘s associates have indicated that his passing may have been the result of a drug overdose.
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis said: “Rest in peace, Wayne. I’m speechless right now. I’m losing too many of my friends. I’ll see you on the other side, brother.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer wrote: “What a shame. R.I.P. Wayne Static.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook added: “So sad. Wayne Static of STATIC-X just passed away. RIP brother.”
Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY): “He’s a legend, a great guy and songwriter. It sucks to lose a friend to something that you wish you could’ve helped him for. R.I.P. Wayne Static.”
FEAR FACTORY said: “We would like to send out our condolences to the Wells family R.I.P. Wayne Static.”
David Ellefson (MEGADETH): “Just horrible news here. Condolences to the STATIC-X organization and family. I have such great memories of our tours together…”
Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST): “Crushed to hear the news of Wayne Static passing away. We played many shows together. Horrible news. RIP Wayne.”
Mikey Doling (SNOT, SOULFLY): “So sad about Wayne Static‘s passing. RIP Brudda.”
David Draiman (DISTURBED): “Goodbye old friend.”
Shaun Glass (BROKEN HOPE, THE BLOODLINE, SOIL) stated: “I lost a friend today. Beyond mad and saddened at the same time. SO many memories. R I P Wayne.”
Otep Shamaya: “Very sad to hear about the loss of Wayne Static. He was so sweet and talented. Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.”
Miguel “Meegs” Rascon (COAL CHAMBER): “Wayne, this was the one photo taken when we were on tour with you with WE ARE THE RIOT. So happy I have this. You were part of the nu metal movement that shaped the metal scene in L.A. with COAL CHAMBER and countless others. We were a scene. Untouchable. Family. Hungry… I will miss you, brother. RIP. I’m your homeboy forever, wherever you are. Much love.”
DJ Ashba (GUNS N’ ROSES, SIXX: A.M.): “You will truly be missed. God bless your family, friends and fans in this moment of sadness.”
Former DEVILDRIVER guitarist Jeff Kendrick wrote: “Very sorry to hear about Wayne Static‘s passing. R.I.P.”
SOIL said: “We are beside ourselves with sadness right now. Another legend lost. We will miss you, brother.”
Steev Esquivel of SKINLAB stated: “Very sad to hear. Rest in peace, Wayne!!!”
Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION): “RIP WAYNE STATIC”
Shavo Odadjian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN): “REST IN PEACE BROTHER!!”
Micah Electric, drummer of Hollywood-based industrial rockers 9ELECTRIC, has posted the following message on Facebook:
“My friend Wayne Static has passed away.
“So glad to have known him, recorded with him, toured with him, partied with him and had MANY real conversations with him. He was a good soul who chose the wrong path.
“He will be missed.”
STATIC-X released six studio albums between 1999 and 2009 before disbanding. Static then launched a solo career and released his debut solo album, “Pighammer”, in 2011.
Wayne was scheduled to take his solo band back on the road for a co-headlining tour with POWERMAN 5000 starting on November 6 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Wayne married former porn star Tera Wray in January 2008.