In a statement from the band’s Facebook page, it’s been revealed that Broken Hope founding drummer Ryan Stanek has passed away at the age of 42. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Guitarist Jeremy Wagner issued the following statement:
“I was stunned to hear of Ryan’s passing and I’m still not believing it. Though Ryan and I didn’t talk that often since he split from BH many years ago, we did correspond once in awhile, and we always wished each other well in whatever endeavors we were pursuing. Ryan was always an EXTREMELY talented man. When we first met, he was the BEST metal drummer within a 100-mile radius, and Joe Ptacek and I were fortunate to have this amazing drum-kid in our own backyard!”
The Chicago-based death metal band Broken Hope released four albums with Metal Blade in the 90s, and their most recent album, Omen Of Disease, came out in 2013 on Century Media Records.
Said Wagner of Stanek’s drumming back then:
“Ryan set the bar for death-metal drumming when we recorded (1997s), “Loathing.” Specifically, the track, “Siamese Screams” is a song that measures any drummer’s worth if he or she can play it to Ryan’s original level.”