Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Dies at 68

Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Dies at 68
Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The band's longtime drummer passed away on Thursday night (August 20). He was 68.

In April 2019, Banali — who was the last remaining member of the band's classic lineup — was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. At the time, he was given only six months to live.

Banali ultimately lost his fight against the disease last night. He reportedly passed away with his wife and daughter at his side.

In early June, Banali told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" [via Blabbermouth] the following:

The situation that I'm in is not a sprint, really — it is the longest race I can possibly make out of my situation. So you have to be really, really careful how you read into some of these things, because something can look elevated, but then if you look at a scan — one of my internal scans — it's not as bad as the numbers say. But it's a deadly disease — there's no question about it — and I know that that's what eventually is gonna kill me. In the meantime, I'm just trying to put that day off as far back as I possibly can.

Following the death of Quiet Riot singer and co-founder Kevin DuBrow, Banali brought back Quiet Riot in 2010. The drummer appeared on all Quiet Riot albums from Metal Health in 1983 until his passing.