We are saddened to hear that founding Staind drummer Jon Wysocki passed away on Saturday (18th) at the age of 53. His death was confirmed by his current band, Lydia’s Castle, issuing the following statement:

“On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, Jon Wysocki passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly. An official statement will be developed shortly.”

Wysocki’s former bandmates in Soil paid the below tribute:

“Today we lost one of the greats. Jon Wysocki was not only a great friend, a great drummer, but a great human being. It was an honor to have him in SOIL for the time we did. We had so many laughs, so many good times. You will be missed dearly. Until we meet again dear friend….”

Aaron Lewis and Staind shared the following sentiments:

“We first met Jon through mutual friends in 1994. We came together with Mike, Aaron, and Johnny April in 1995 and founded Staind.  The 17 years that followed were some of the best memories of our times together.  From practice in Ludlow, Mass to touring around the world, Jon was integral to who we were as a band. Our hearts go out to Jon’s family, and fans around the world who loved him.”

Lewis adds:

“I’m so sad. I lost my friend. A friend I loved like a brother… fought with like a brother… cared for like a brother… worried about like a brother… cried over like a brother… because he was my brother in arms. My journey would’ve been different without him. The battles we fought together. The battles we fought against each other. The battles we fought side by side alone with our own demons. The battles we won and the battles we lost. He was my friend. He was our brother. My heart is broken. My world has changed. I’ll see you on the other side my friend. My brother. Godspeed. My heart, my love, and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I’m so fucking sad. He will be missed.”

Though members of Lydia’s Castle didn’t reveal the official cause of death, there have been reports of the late drummer having issues with his liver and requiring medical attention. Wysocki, Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, and Johnny April formed Staind in 1995. He remained with the band until 2011. Our thoughts go out to Wysocki’s family and friends during this difficult time.