WAYNE Static, the founder of Static X, has died at just 48 .
Early reports Static suffered a drug overdose, however, have been denied. A media release said Static “passed away quietly in his sleep at his home”. Referring to the musician and his wife Tera Wray, the statement added: “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.
“This is not a drug related incident or an O. D.”
Suggestions Static, whose band burst on the scene with 1999’s Wisconsin Death Trip, was the victim of a drug overdose arose almost immediately.
Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix wrote on his Instagram account: “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 liver a sober life today. The number of friends 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.”
Wells was born in Muskegon, Michigan. An early band, Deep Blue Dream, also included Smashing Pumpkins principal, Billy Corgan. Wisconsin Death Trip attained platinum status; Static X broke up in 2010 before the frontman briefly used the moniker for his solo project.
Static was due to take part in a US tour with Powerman 500 and American Head Charge this month