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Ex-Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist James Woolley Dies at 50 Years Old



James Woolley, a former member of the Nine Inch Nails, has died at the age of 50. Woolley served as the keyboardist in vocalist Trent Reznor's band from 1991 to 1994.

Woolley's death was confirmed by the musician's ex-wife Kate Van Buren on her Facebook account. Although she did not state the reason behind his death, Van Buren noted that Woolley had serious spine and neck injuries.

In her post, Van Buren highlighted Woolley's work with Nine Inch Nails and his love for their children.

"James worked hard and played hard with NIN," she wrote. "He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn't as easy to do as playing guitar or drums. Those years were truly magical and quite an adventure."

"He loved being a father," Van Buren continued. "Because of significant neck and spine injuries, he wasn't capable of doing a lot of physical activities with them, but he loved sitting down to paint, or teach piano, or just look at nature. He passed his amazing musical and artistic talents to all three children."

According to Rolling Stone, Woolley joined Reznor in Nine Inch Nails in 1991 for the Lollapalooza Tour after replacing Lee Mars. During his time with the group, the keyboardist worked on the band's Broken EP in 1992 and the 1994 studio album The Downward Spiral.

Woolley also appeared in the music videos for the songs "March of the Pigs" and "Wish."

Aside from the Nine Inch Nails, Woolley was also known for his work in the Chicago-based group Die Warzau, the band he was with before joining NIN. He also collaborated with vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest in the band 2wo, Billboard reported.

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