It seems like more often than not recently, the biggest changes seem to come from the tragic deaths of huge figures in the music industry. This week has been no exception. A few days ago, Static-X founder Wayne Static was taken at the age of 48. Whether you liked him or not, 48 is far too young for someone to go. Static-X had always been an influential figure in the Industrial Metal, and had continually put out good stuff. Even if the band broke up for the second and final time in June of 2013, Static had released his only solo album in 2011, Pighammer, and had made plans to tour again under the name of Static-X in 2012. His tour plans were cancelled though, due to unnamed health issues.
It’s for the best that Static’s health issues have been kept quite personal, as it’s really unimportant when telling his story. In the press release from VQPR, they said more about his cause of death, saying
“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.”
So, for his cause of death, there is not much else to be said for the time being. He has proven that he doesn’t want to release too much detail about his health problems in the past, so we must be courteous now as well.
As for his life, however, there couldn’t be more to say. Countless artists have come forward to talk about the experiences that they’ve had with Static, and to let him know that he will be missed. People like Ozzy Osbourne, Corey Taylor, Billy Corgan, Jonathan Davis, Clint Lowery, John 5, Devin Townsend, David Draiman, and Dino Cazares have all come forward to give their respects.
Former fellow band-members of Static have come forward to pay their respects, especially. After troubled times with breaking up twice, and all of the negative emotion that gets brought up with that, Tony Campos and Koichi Fukuda have said that they regret how things ended between them and Static. Campos said in a statement
"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.
"It's sad the way our friendship ended, but even more sad that we never got to settle things between us.
"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. We were like family: Koichi Fukuda, Nick Oshiro, Erik Fincher, Bruce Reiter, Brandon Webster, Dinkus Maximus, Royal Jensen; we all just wanted our old friend back. Sadly, that'll never happen.
"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."
While Fukuda said
"I am still trying to process the sad fact that I’ve lost my dear old friend, Wayne Richard Wells. He was an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, very special person and also a very gifted artist with a clear vision. On a personal level, he was a smart, kind, caring sweetheart and soft-spoken gentleman. I really loved his dark, biting and sharp sense of humor. We all shared so many great times and also some tough times together like we are 'family.'
"It makes me so sad and angry at the same time that I'll never have a chance to reconcile with him.
"I thought the time is the only thing needed for all of us to realize what we had is something so special.
"I was just waiting patiently for my old friend Wayne to come back and hoping someday we'll play music together again in a same room with a smile on our face and have fun like old times.
"I'll miss that special chemistry between the four of us forever.
"My heart is breaking for his parents, Richard and Darlene Wells, and also his brother and sisters. They are the sweetest people I know. My deepest condolences go out to them.
"Rest in peace, Wayne. Thank you for everything. You will be missed by so many people, including me."
It’s sad to hear that the band never put anything behind them and continue to be friends, although it’s rarely the case when bands break-up.
This is a sad story indeed, there’s no doubting that. There is something very touching though that still shines through. As with the death of Gwar’s David Brockie, people came in clusters to celebrate his life, and wish him luck in the beyond at Gwar-B-Q. Something similar is happening here for Static. Although his death is appreciated in a much different way than Brockie’s, the amount of love and appreciation going on for everything that he’s done is absolutely heartwarming to say the least. There is really only just one thing left to say, after all this, and it’s simply that he will truly be missed.