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Wayne Static, former frontman of metal band Static-X, has died. He was 48.
A representative for the singer announced the death of Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, on the evening of Nov. 1.
No information was provided other than that Static was was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. A tweet from Static’s official handle was posted some six hours before the news was announced.
Static formed his namesake band in 1994, releasing debut album Wisconsin Death Trip in 1999; the album went platinum. They would go on to release five more albums, ending with 2009’s Cult of Static, before Static launched a solo career.
The singer/guitarist/keyboardist was known for his signature hairstyle, which was spiked up to stand on end.
Condolences from all over the hard rock community have been pouring in on social media (see below) including one from Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who commented, “addiction is real and takes fools out.”
RIP WAYNE STATIC http://t.co/qCzKTAxUgT
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) November 2, 2014
Didn’t know Wayne Static personally but played some of the early Static X stuff on my shows. Sad to see anyone pass away that young. RIP.
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) November 2, 2014
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) November 2, 2014
RIP WAYNE…. THIS IS SO SAD. TOO MANY MUSICIANS ARE DYING FROM OVERDOSES. IM SERIOUS ADDICTION IS… http://t.co/C2Eaab7Wmf
— JACOBY SHADDIX (@JacobyShaddix) November 2, 2014
We would like to send out our condolences to the Wells family R.I.P. Wayne Static Keep Disco Evil
— Fear Factory (@Fear_Factory) November 2, 2014
Very sad to hear about the loss of Wayne Static. He was so sweet and talented. Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. ?? #OTEP
— ? OTEP SHAMAYA ? (@otepofficial) November 2, 2014
— Nic Adler (@nicadler) November 2, 2014
Crushed to hear the news of Wayne Static passing away. We played many shows together. Horrible news. Rip Wayne.
— Morgan Rose (@morgan7d) November 2, 2014
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