Static’s death was confirmed in a release from his publicist, Tom George of FiXT Publicity, late Saturday night.
Static rose to international prominence through his work with the groundbreaking band Static-X, and Static himself was once labeled ‘the new face of industrial rock’ by Alternative Press.
Static-X released six studio albums before its frontman began a solo career starting with the release of “Pighammer” in 2011. The Michigan native lent his vocals to the soundtrack for the 2002 film “Queen of the Damned,” starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah. The Static-X hit “Cold” also appeared on the film’s soundtrack.
As news spread of Static’s death late on Saturday, the music world responded with sadness at the loss. David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) tweeted: “GOODBYE OLD FRIEND” and metal band SOiL tweeted: “We are beside are selves with sadness right now.. Another legend lost. We will miss you brother.”
Wayne Static would have turned 49 on November 4, 2014. He was scheduled to appear in Houston with Powerman 5000, American Head Charge and WOLFBORNE on November 28 at the Scout Bar.