Nick Menza, Former Megadeth Drummer, Dies On Stage at 51

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Nick Menza

Menza was playing with his new band OHM at the the Baked Potato in Los Angeles when he suddenly collapsed during third song of the performance.

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, who played on many of the metal band’s successful albums in the 1990s, died Saturday after collapsing on stage during a concert. He was 51.

J. Marshall Craig, a family spokesman, says Menza's latest band OHM was three songs into a set at a Los Angeles-area club Saturday night when the drummer collapsed. Friends and audience members rendered aid while paramedics were called. Craig says the 51-year-old died at the club of a suspected heart attack.

Throughout the 1990s, Menza played drums on such Megadeth albums as Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia. His death came as a shock to Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.

“Tell me this isn't true,” Mustaine tweeted Sunday. “I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato.”

Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman called Menza a “great and unique drummer” and a “hilarious bandmate” in a Facebook post Sunday. “I’m beyond sad, did not see this coming at all. RIP Brother."