Published Nov 03, 2014Following rumours circulating online surrounding the recent death of Static-X guitarist/vocalist Wayne Static (a.k.a. Wayne Richard Wells) this past weekend, his management has stated that his passing was not drug-related.
A pair of press releases were issued over the weekend, with the first reporting on Saturday (November 1) that Static had passed away earlier that morning at the age of 48. Details surrounding the cause of death were not given, but later that day, Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix sent out a message through social media that suggested Static had died of a drug overdose. While an Instagram post has since been removed, a truncated tweet reads: "RIP Wayne. This is so sad. Too many musicians are dying from overdoses."
Static's management company VQPR sent out a second press release yesterday (November 2) that refuted this claim, explaining that "this is not a drug related incident or an O.D."
It was revealed that Static and wife Tera Wray had planned on leaving for the band's fall/winter tour on Halloween night, but opted to stay in with the intention to leave the next morning. Official details will be given at a later date.
The full statement reads:
Today is a sad day in the music industry — frontman and founding member Wayne Static of Static-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night.
The couple [Wayne Static and Tera Wray] was getting ready to leave for a fall/winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1.
The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static's first solo album — Pighammer — was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.
More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O.D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages.
Since Static's death, Shaddix has apologized for his comments over Facebook, while former Static X members have come out and delivered tribute's to their fallen bandmate.
A statement from former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda wrote that the he is still processing the loss, noting over Facebook: "[Static] was an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, very special person and also a very gifted artist with a clear vision. On a personal level, he was a smart, kind, caring sweetheart and soft-spoken gentleman. I really loved his dark, biting and sharp sense of humor. We all shared so many great times and also some tough times together like we are 'family.'"
Onetime bassist Tony Campos expressed that he had issues with Wells in the past, and noted that they had not been friends over the last five years, but revealed "some of the best times of my life were with him."