Former MEGADETH Drummer LEE RAUCH Dies At 58

Lee Rauch

Lee Rauch, a former drummer for MEGADETH, passed away on June 23 at the age of 58. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Lee‘s passing was announced by his brother Chris Rauch, who wrote on social media this past Friday: “Today is a very sad day, we lost my brother William Lee Rauch.

Lee was a very strong man of faith so I know he is with God now. He was an Awesome drummer, who helped launch one of the biggest metal names in history by being the first drummer for MEGADETH, playing along side Dave MustaineKerry King and David Ellifson. His heart was set on making it big and came very close numerous times.

Lee was a very loving and giving individual who was extremely hard working, he continued to play drums later in his life for the church which made him happy. He was a loving son and a very honorable man. Most of all, he was my brother and though I didn’t always keep in touch the way I should have, I loved him very much and he will be greatly missed to my core.

“I love you brother, good journey. Hope you enjoy that setup they’ve got up there for you bro, bet its not as big as your blue set was though, lol.

“There will be a memorial service held for Lee, when we have the date and time I will relay it here. Please keep our family in your prayers.”

Rauch was part of MEGADETH‘s lineup on their first demo, Last Rites, which featured three tracks and included Mustaine, Ellefson, and Rauch. Later, Rauch played live with the band, alongside Mustaine, Ellefson, and Kerry King from SLAYER. However, internal conflicts led to Rauch‘s departure from the band in 1984, and he was replaced by Gar Samuelson. After leaving MEGADETH, Rauch played live shows with DARK ANGEL but never recorded anything with them. Additionally, he was a member of WARGOD, which was formed by guitarist Michelle Meldrum.