Wayne Static, the former lead singer of the metal band Static-X, has died at the age of 48.
A publicist for the musician, whose real name is Wayne Richard Wells, confirmed the news to Billboard magazine but gave no further details about the cause of death. However, the publicist did reveal that Static had big plans in the works and was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool in the coming months.
Static, who was known for his signature gravity-defying hair, was a talented singer/guitarist/keyboardist who formed his namesake band in 1994 with his debut album Wisconsin Death Trip. The band went on to release five more albums with the last being 2009’s Cult of Static. Static-X disbanded in 2013, and Static had decided to embark on a solo career.
Among the celebrities to pay tribute to the late rocker are Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot/Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor, Motörhead, Dave Navarro and Staind rocker Aaron Lewis, who all took to Twitter to express their sadness over the death of their friend and fellow musician.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 2, 2014
We are very sad to hear of the passing of Wayne Static. #RIPWayneStatic
— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) November 2, 2014
I am absolutely devastated to hear about Wayne Static's death. A good man and a good friend. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Sofa King Awesome (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 2, 2014
RIP WAYNE STATIC http://t.co/qCzKTAxUgT
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) November 2, 2014
My heart goes out to Wayne's family. He was my friend.Many shows and tours together. I'm stunned and shocked. RIP my dear friend #speechless
— Aaron Lewis (@Aaronlewismusic) November 2, 2014
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix also paid tribute to Static, hinting that he died of an overdose.
RIP WAYNE…. THIS IS SO SAD. TOO MANY MUSICIANS ARE DYING FROM OVERDOSES. IM SERIOUS ADDICTION IS REAL AND TAKES… pic.twitter.com/iIEjWSkzXv
— JACOBY SHADDIX (@JacobyShaddix) November 2, 2014
Static is survived by his wife Tera Wray. Our thoughts are with the late rocker’s friends and family during this sad time.