Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48

Wayne Static

Wayne Static

Wayne Static, former frontman of metal band Static-X, has died at age 48, his publicist confirmed to Billboard late Saturday (Nov. 1).

No information was provided other than that Static was was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. A tweet from Static's official Twitter handle was posted some six hours before the news was announced.

Static formed his namesake band in 1994, releasing debut album Wisconsin Death Trip in 1999; the album went platinum. They would go on to release five more albums, ending with 2009's Cult of Static, before Static began a solo career.

The singer/guitarist/keyboardist was known for his signature hairstyle, which was spiked up to stand on end.

Condolences from all over the hard rock community have been pouring in on social media. Among the mourners: Disturbed's David Draiman (see below) and Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who commented on Instagram, "addiction is real and takes fools out."