A spokesperson for the San Bernardino coroner’s office says that “no foul play is suspected” in the death of STATIC-X frontman and founder Wayne Static, who reportedly passed away quietly in his sleep last weekend.
“We can confirm the death of Wayne Dick Static, a 48-year-old Landers resident on 11/1/14 at his home,” the spokesperson told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in a written statement. “While the manner of death is listed as pending, no foul play is suspected. No further details are available at this time.”
The coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results to determine how Static died. It could be several weeks before those results are made available.
Toxicology tests will reveal whether Wayne had any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death.
PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix earlier in the week apologized for remarks he made shortly after Static‘s death, suggesting that Wayne‘s passing was caused by a drug overdose. Shaddix told Loudwire, “I read a blog online that said it was an O.D., and I posted online, ‘Too many dudes dying because of drugs. It’s terrible.’ Apparently, it’s not drugs, so I put on my Facebook that I was incredibly sorry that I jumped the gun if that’s not the truth. My heart goes out to his family, regardless. My intention wasn’t to drag him through the mud or anything.”
Shaddix‘s original post on Twitter said, “RIP Wayne…. This is so sad. Too many musicians are dying from drug overdoses.”
Shaddix‘s apology on Facebook said, “I feel terrible about my post about Wayne‘s passing. I had a few friends hit me up and said he died from an overdose. I should have checked my facts first… My heart goes out to his family and friend. My heart is heavy. Wayne, I always had respect for you and didn’t mean to disrespect you and your family like I did. It wasn’t my intentions. I will own my mistake. May you rest in peace.”
Statements from both Static‘s widow, former porn star Tera Wray, and a publicist dismissed rumors that his passing was the result of a drug overdose.
Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was just getting ready to head out on co-headlining tours with POWERMAN 5000 and DROWNING POOL when he died.
A native of Michigan who later moved to Chicago, Wayne Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 after the break-up of his previous band, DEEP BLUE DREAM. Static played in that group with SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan.
STATIC-X became one of the most popular acts in the so-called “nu metal” movement, selling more than one million copies of its 1999 debut, “Wisconsin Death Trip”. The disc included the rock radio hit “Push It”.
STATIC-X released five more studio albums, with the last being “Cult Of Static” in 2009. The band broke up shortly after that, reformed again with a new lineup in 2012, then disbanded permanently in June 2013.
Static released his first and only solo album, “Pighammer”, in 2011.