There’s that expression when it rains it pours. Well, 2020 has been nothing but downpours as it feels like we’ve entered a roaring new age of the plague. Unfortunately, we have more sad news to report as former Sacred Reich guitarist Jason Rainey died last night (16th) from an apparent heart attack. Rainey’s wife, Renee Novak, confirmed the news on Facebook, stating:
“My husband Jason Rainey passed away a hour ago. Most likely a heat attack. They worked on him for a half hour but they couldn’t save him.”
Sacred Reich also made a statement on his passing:
“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.
Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.
In recent years he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.
Jason, we wish you peace and love. ❤️
Jason Wesley Rainey
Jason Rainey was a founding member of the Arizona-based thrash metal group. Despite their hiatus in the early 2000s, Rainey officially left the band in early 2019 due to health concerns. We send our condolences out to Rainey’s family and friends during this difficult time.