UPDATE 11/03/14: Wayne Static’s Publicist has released an official statement on the vocalist’s death, denying all rumors that the death was related to a drug overdose. The statement in full can be read below:
STATIC-X PUBLICIST INSISTS WAYNE STATIC DID NOT OVERDOSE
HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 1, 2014) – Today is a sad day in the music industry – Front-man 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.
ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS:
In what will undoubtedly be a a huge heartbreak to metal fans across the globe, it has today been confirmed that Static-X frontman and industrial metal vocalist Wayne Static (born Wayne Richard Wells) has passed at the young age of 48, leaving behind an incredible career in metal music that spanned over two decades. The death was confirmed by Static’s publicists at FiXT publicity, and was later corroborated through the band’s official Facebook page:
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While no current cause of death has been officially released and an autopsy is pending, it is currently being suggested by many of Wayne’s associates that the death may be a result of a drug overdose, however this is mere speculation at this point and has not been verified by the band or the official autopsy.
Rest in peace Wayne, you will be missed.