Static-X singer Wayne Static is dead at the age of 48, and many people in the music industry are expressing their condolences after learning of the news.
Morgan Renken, who worked with Wayne Static and the band for 15 years, says the singer died Saturday, according to The Huffington Post. She declined to give the location or the cause of the death. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins knew Static.
“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.”
Wayne Static fans can’t believe the singer is dead. He was the lead vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist for Static-X, whose “Wisconsin Death Trip” went platinum. He also released a solo album, “Pighammer,” in 2011.
The singer, known for his signature vertical hairdo and aggressive performance style, was set to begin a tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool in the next few months, including a European leg of the tour announced Oct. 31.
The musician’s publicist has cleared up several Wayne Static dead rumors by suggesting it was not drug-related, according to Philadelphia Daily News. Wayne had been sober since 2009. His first solo album named “Pighammer” was a tribute to his new non-drug life, and he hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.
While Wayne Static is dead, many people are wondering what may have happened in his life. There’s no report of homicide or a health-related reason for his death. However, his publicist said that more details would be released soon.
Former Static-X and current Soulfly bassist Tony Campos has released the following statement regarding the passing of the 48-year-old frontman:
“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.”
The Wayne Static dead news also prompted many people on the social media sites to suggest the death was suicide. However, there is no evidence to suggest that he died of a suicide or drug overdose. Right now people are posting speculation and rumors.
Static, aka Wayne Richard Wells, formed the industrial and nu-metal band Static-X in Los Angeles in the 1990s, playing a mixed genre that Static referred to as “evil disco.” The band’s first album, Wisconsin Death Trip, catapulted the group to fame and was certified platinum in 2001.
The band released several more albums together before separating in 2010, leading the singer to release a solo album, Pighammer, in 2011. He then attempted to re-form his old band in 2012, though none of his bandmates were willing to return to the project, and the group split for good in 2013.
The Wayne Static dead news is still prompting many to suggest it was drugs. Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says it may have been from an overdose, pagesix.com notes. It’s a rumor that won’t go away until more details are released.