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Wayne Static, the singer of the California metal act Static-X, died November 1st. "Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as Wayne Static, passed away at the age of 48," Static-X's Facebook page told fans on Saturday night. "Wayne Static was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. No additional information is available at this time." The rocker's publicist also confirmed Static's death to Blabbermouth.
While Static's cause of death wasn't revealed, tweets from his musician friends and peers suggest that a drug overdose was to blame. "RIP Wayne. This is so sad. Too many musicians are dying from overdoses," Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix wrote on Instagram. "I'm serious, addiction is real and takes fools out. No one is invincible. So glad I live a sober life today. The number of friends that I have lost to addiction is crazy… I know drugs and partying are part of the 'rock 'n' roll lifestyle,' but damn, how many more gotta die??? # the lifestyle, I want life!!!! See you on the other side, Wayne."