Following the passing of Static-X frontman Wayne Static on Saturday, tributes began pouring in. And while there’s been no official cause of death, some, including Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, suggested that his death might be drug-related. A press release recently was released by his publicity company stating that Static died in his sleep and that his death was not an overdose or drug-related in any way. Here’s the text of the press release, via Metal Injection.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 1, 2014) – Today is a sad day in the music industry – Front-man and founding member WAYNE STATIC of STATIC-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night.
The couple 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 1st.
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
The “we” includes his wife, former porn star Tera Wray, who he’d been married to since 2008. While the loss of Static isn’t any less tragic, at least it wasn’t caused directly due to drugs, at least according to the statement. It will probably be several weeks until the his cause of death is revealed. We’ll bring you further updates as we hear them.