Few months ago, the Metal World was shocked when STATIC-X’s frontman WAYNE STATIC (Wayne Richard Wells) was pronounced dead at the age of 48.
A lot of speculations were made about how Wayne died, assuming his death to be caused by an overdose. These rumors were later denied by Wayne’s family by an official statement:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 1, 2014) – 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.
and by his widow TERA WRAY’s statement:
I would like to thank everyone on behalf of all the Wayne’s family and myself for all the kind words from all of Wayne’s friends and fans and other bands. Wayne went very peacefully in his sleep and probably didn’t even know that it happened. (Which makes me feel better that he wasn’t in pain.) It will be sometime before we know why it happened but I will keep everyone informed. He had so much more to give the world. As his wife, biggest fan, and worshipper, I will keep him alive and finish everything that I can that he has been working on. He will never die and I want to share everything that I can that he has to give to his fans and friends. I will try my hardest to be strong and make him proud. -Tera Wray Static
An exclusive article published by Blabbermouth revealed the true cause of death which, according to the coroner’s report, Static died after mixing a cocktail of Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol.
The full report states:
“On November 1, at approximately 0700 hours, [Wayne] and his wife went to bed. His wife stated that just prior to going to bed, he crushed one-half of a 30 mg oxycodone pill and consumed it. The oxycodone had been prescribed to his wife. He also drank an unknown amount of alcohol. His wife awoke at around 1530 hours. She found the decedent dead in the bed and called 911 at 1547 hours. Paramedics arrived and confirmed death at 1600 hours, noting rigor mortis and lividity There was no evidence of foul play or any indication a struggle had taken place.”
The report continues: “[Wayne’s] wife said he took oxycodone, Xanax (alprzolam) and alcohol to relieve panic attacks. He took Xanax on a daily basis and was compliant with the prescribed dosage. His wife stated he would occasionally have his own prescription for oxycodone, but he would usually take hers. The decedent also had a history of gynecomastia… His wife stated both she and the decedent had a history of cocaine and ecstasy abuse, but they stopped using illicit drugs in 2009.
“The decedent’s mother stated he was a self-admitted alcoholic. She believed his drinking had been a problem for about two years. Both his wife and his mother stated that he was not suicidal.”