Former Static-X lead singer and guitarist Wayne Static has died, his rep told Billboard late Saturday night. He was 48.
No details as to the cause of the metal legend’s death were available, though Static was scheduled to tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool in the coming months.
Static formed his namesake band in 1994 after dissolving his previous group, Deep Blue Dream. Static-X’s debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, went platinum five years later.
Static-X went on to release five more albums. The last was 2009’s Cult of Static.
Static-X disbanded last year and Wayne – whose hair style defied gravity – graduated to a solo career.
In 2008, according to reports, he married adult star Tera Wray in Las Vegas, after they first met at 2007’s Ozzfest, and they lived in Joshua Tree, California.
Among those extending their condolences on Instagram and elsewhere on social media were Disturbed’s David Draiman, Dave Navarro and Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who wrote, “addiction is real and takes fools out.”