Fans of Static-X were hit with some hard news late last night when it was confirmed that frontman Wayne Static (Wayne Richard Wells) has passed away. The singer was only 48 years old.
The news was confirmed directly by Well’s publicists at FiXT Publicity. The metal singer leaves behind a wife, Tera Wray, who he married in January 2008.
As of now, a slew of artists have taken to Twitter to write their condolences including members of Papa Roach, System of a Down, Chevelle, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro and many more.
At the present time the cause of death has not been released. Wells was scheduled to hit the road with POWERMAN 5000 and Drowning Pool on a month-long United States tour beginning Nov. 6 in Waterloo, IA and then next year head across the pond to tour England and Russia.
Read some of the tweets from friends of Wells below:
Jacoby Shaddix (PAPA ROACH): “RIP Wayne…. This is so sad. Too many musicians are dying from overdoses. I’m serious, addiction is real and takes fools out. No one is invincible. So glad I live a sober life today. The number of friends that I have lost to addiction is crazy. If you are struggling with addiction, get some help before it’s too late. I know drugs and partying are part of the ‘rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,’ but damn, how many more gotta die??? Fuck the lifestyle, I want life!!!! See you on the other side, Wayne….”
Billy Corgan (SMASHING PUMPKINS): “I am shocked to hear that Wayne Wells (Wayne Static) has passed away. I played with him in his first band, DEEP BLUE DREAM, in 1987/88. He was a real gentleman, and loved music (and KISS, Ace in particular). Even had his the hood of his car painted with the KISS logo.”
Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR): “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.”
Ozzy Osbourne: “Very sad to hear of Wayne Static‘s passing. Spent a lot of time together on Ozzfest tours. A tragic loss. Love to his family/friends.”
Chris Kael (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH): “Thoughts go out to the friends and family of Wayne Static. May his life inspire others to make a change in their own lives — today.”
Clint Lowery (SEVENDUST): “My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of Wayne Static. He created some cool music with his time on earth. Stay safe out there y’all.”
Aaron Lewis (STAIND): “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”
Jonathan Davis (KORN): “Rest in peace, Wayne. I’m speechless right now. I’m losing too many of my friends. I’ll see you on the other side, brother.”
Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE, KILL DEVIL HILL): “Very sad to hear that Wayne Static passed away. Always a nice guy. Gone too soon.”
John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON): “Very saddened to hear that Wayne Static has passed away in his sleep. I performed with Wayne for our friend Nancy Sayle‘s ‘Rock Against MS’ show in 2013 and worked with him for his track ‘Cannibal’ in 2007. My thoughts are with his wife and family and friends.”
Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL): “Saddened by the news of Wayne Static‘s passing. Too many people I have toured with have been dying way too young. RIP.”
Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL): “Shocked. Waking up with the horrific news someone you knew died is the worst feeling in the world… R.I.P. Wayne.”
Fred Durst (LIMP BIZKIT): “RIP Wayne Richard Wells. His contributions are timeless.”
Jeremy Spencer (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH): “What a shame. R.I.P. Wayne Static.”
Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH): “So sad. Wayne Static of STATIC-X just passed away. RIP brother.”
David Ellefson (MEGADETH): “This is just horribly sad news. I have such great memories of our tours together over the years. Wayne was truly an originator, innovator and milestone contributor to metal music. My condolences to the STATIC-X organization and family.”
Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST): “Crushed to hear the news of Wayne Static passing away. We played many shows together. Horrible news. RIP Wayne.”
David Draiman (DISTURBED): “Goodbye old friend.”
DJ Ashba (GUNS N’ ROSES, SIXX: A.M.): “You will truly be missed. God bless your family, friends and fans in this moment of sadness.”
Shawn Drover (MEGADETH): “Sad to hear of Wayne Static‘s passing. Way too young… Such a shame.”
Pete Loeffler (CHEVELLE): “Just heard about Wayne Static passing away. Sad news indeed. We played with STATIC-X a hell of a lot over the years. RIP bro.”
Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION): “RIP WAYNE STATIC”
Shavo Odadjian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN): “REST IN PEACE BROTHER!!”