- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wayne Richard Wells, who performed under the name Wayne Static as frontman for the industrial metal band Static-X, has died. He was 48.

The band announced Mr. Wells’ death in a Facebook post late Saturday night, but did not say what caused his death.

Some of the frontman’s associates indicated that his passing may have been due to a drug overdose, Blabbermouth reported.

Jacoby Shaddix, lead singer of Papa Roach, wrote on Instagram: “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 witn [sic] 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??? [Expletive] the lifestyle, I want life!!!! See you on the other side, Wayne….”

“He’s a legend, a great guy and songwriter,” Dino Cazares, guitarist of Fear Factory, wrote on Facebook. “It sucks to lose a friend to something that you wish you could’ve helped him for. R.I.P. Wayne Static. ‘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.”

“RIP Wayne Richard Wells. His contributions are timeless,” wrote Fred Durst, founder of Limp Bizkit, Blabbermouth reported.

Mr. Wells founded Static-X in 1994 and was the only original member left in the band. He was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.

He is survived by his wife, former adult film actress Tera Wray.

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