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Static-X Frontman Found Dead At 48

Wayne Static on tour in 2012. (Photo by Jordan Sandifer/via Static-X on Facebook)
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The frontman of nu metal band Static-X, Wayne Static (born Wayne Wells), has passed away at the age of 48.The news was announced on the band's official Facebook page on Saturday night, but no cause of death was given. According to the statement, Static-X was about to embark on a tour with fellow nu metal legacy acts Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool.

Static-X was formed in Los Angeles in 1994, and is best known for their 1999 hit "Push It." The success of that song led to their debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, going platinum. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, breakups, and hiatuses since, with Static being the only member remaining of the original lineup. Static-X ultimately released six studio albums with Static releasing his own solo album in 2011.

Born Wayne Richard Wells on November 4, 1965 in Muskegon, Michigan, Static played in his first band at the age of 12. Static was known for his unusual look onstage, sporting tall, spiky hair and a long chin beard. He was married to adult film actress Tera Wray.

Though no cause of death has been given at this time, Blabbermouth reports that statements from fellow musicians and associates indicate that Static likely died of a drug overdose.

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