Wayne Static, Static-X Frontman, Dead at Age 48 | Revolver

Wayne Static, Static-X Frontman, Dead at Age 48

Singer-guitarist passed away quietly in his sleep at home

We've just received the tragic news that Wayne Static, of industrial metal act Static-X, has passed away. While no official cause of death has been announced, the following message was posted at 11 P.M. on Static-X's Facebook page: Platinum-selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as Wayne Static, passed away at the age of 48. Wayne Static was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. No additional information is available at this time." Our thoughts go out to his family and bandmates. UPDATE: Responding to rumors that Static died as a result of a drug overdose, publicist Nancy B. Sayles sent out the following press release:

Frontman and founding member Wayne Static of Static-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night. The couple was getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st. The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static's first solo album — 'Pighammer' — was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs. More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O. D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages