Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead and Others React to Wayne Static’s Death
Bassist Tony Campos, who played alongside Static before the band's dissolution and has gone on to join Soulfly, penned a tribute in a Facebook post that reads in part, "I'm having a hard time finding the words to express how I feel right now, and it's taken me a long time to even try to write something. I knew Wayne for 15 years. Some of the best times of my life were with him. I considered him a good friend ... Even though we were no longer friends the last five years, I held on to a sliver of hope that my old friend would come back ... I feel so horrible for his parents and his brother and sisters. I can't even begin to imagine what they must be going through. My deepest condolences go out to them. All we can do now is remember the good times we all shared. Rest in peace, Wayne."
Meanwhile, Static's former publicity firm, VQPR, issued a statement denying that drugs played any role in the musician's death:
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 [Wayne Static and Tera Wray] 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.
A long list of Static's peers have also taken to social media to share their sense of loss after his passing, including Ozzy Osbourne, the members of Motorhead, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, guitarist Dave Navarro and many more. Whether you're a Static-X fan or someone who's just now learning of Static's impact on the rock and metal world, these messages offer a glimpse of the influence he left behind and how keenly his absence will be felt. Read them all below.