As Cleveland.com reports, the drummer's sister confirmed he had passed from cardiogenic shock. According to the report, Knox was 65 (though some other publications have stated his age was 60).
Born Nicholas Stephanoff, Knox first played drums for Electric Eels before joining the Cramps in 1977. He is recognized as the longest-tenured drummer of the group, keeping his post behind the kit until 1991.
Knox's drumming can be heard on the Cramps' first four albums: 1980's Songs the Lord Taught Us, 1981's Psychedelic Jungle, 1986's A Date With Elvis and 1990's Stay Sick!
Find posts in tribute to Knox from his bandmates below.
My friend Nick Knox shuffled off the mortal coil last night. I saw a self portrait of the artist Tseng Kwong Chi in front of the Eiffel Tower except his figure had been cut out. It was explained to me as a custom of remembering the dead by removing them from photos. pic.twitter.com/wr6ZD3iYZ6— John D Morton (@Styrenes) June 15, 2018
Nick Knox Coolest of the cool. R.I.P. Glad to have played to your boss Beat. Meet you on the mystery plane .Nick said on his last email to me a few months ago "don't take any wooden nickles or $20 bills with Reggie Jackson on 'em. Your friend and mine ." Already missed #nickknox— Kid Congo Powers (@kidcongopowers) June 16, 2018