Former Megadeth drummer Lee Rauch passed away on Friday (23rd) at 58. Rauch was a member of the thrash giants during their early days, playing on their 1984 demo, Last Rites, alongside vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson and later replaced by the late Gar Samuelson. Rauch has briefly played drums for Dark Angel and Wargod. The news of Rauch’s passing was confirmed by his brother Chris on Friday (23rd) on social media, stating:
“Today is a very sad day, we lost my brother William Lee Rauch. Lee was a very strong man of faith so I know he is with God now. He was an Awesome drummer, who helped launch one of the biggest metal names in history by being the first drummer for Megadeth, playing alongside Dave Mustaine, Kerry King and David Ellifson. His heart was set on making it big and came very close numerous times. Lee was a very loving and giving individual who was extremely hard working, he continued to play drums later in his life for the church which made him happy. He was a loving son and a very honorable man. Most of all, he was my brother and though I didn’t always keep in touch the way I should have, I loved him very much and he will be greatly missed to my core. I love you brother, good journey. Hope you enjoy that setup they’ve got up there for you bro, bet it’s not as big as your blue set was though, lol. There will be a memorial service held for Lee, when we have the date and time I will relay it here. Please keep our family in your prayers.”
Our thoughts go to Rauch’s family and friends during this difficult time.