Wayne Static, former frontman of Static-X, has died at age 48. His death was confirmed by Static-X's Facebook page last night, Nov. 1. The post reads, "Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as WAYNE STATIC, passed away at the age of 48."
There is little information at this time as to the cause of his death, but rock publication Blabbermouth is reporting that drugs may have been involved in his death.
The platinum selling singer/songerwriter/keyboardist started the Static-X 20 years ago in 1994, releasing their debut album Wisconsin Death Trip in 1999. The album would go platinum and be the platform for an incredibly successful career.
The band released five more albums from 2001-09, touring the globe and receiving a massive loyal following. In 2007, Static-X started his own side project called Pighammer and left the band shortly thereafter to focus on that. They would regroup briefly before disbanding and had planned a tour this fall alongside Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool.
Wayne Static was known for his quality song writing and his distinctive look, which including tall spiky hair. Wayne Static is survived by his wife Wray.
Support and condolences have been pouring in from across the rock and metal community as they found out about the tragic news of a dear friend and colleague.
Below are a few examples, via Billboard:
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins): "I am shocked to hear that Wayne Wells (Wayne Static) has passed away. I played with him in his first band, DEEP BLUE DREAM, in 1987/88. He was a real gentleman, and loved music (and KISS, Ace in particular). Even had his the hood of his car painted with the KISS logo."
Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit): "RIP Wayne Richard Wells. His contributions are timeless."
Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction): "RIP WAYNE STATIC"
Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down): "REST IN PEACE BROTHER!!"