Megadeth fans, we’re so sorry to have to bring you this shitty news, but drum legend Nick Menza has reportedly passed away after collapsing onstage.
According to The Guardian, the 51-year-old (who manned the kit for Megadeth during their critical years between 1989 – 1998) suffered a heart attack while performing live with his current band OHM at a jazz club in Los Angeles called The Baked Potato.
The club has posted “RIP Nick Menza” on its Facebook page, while Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has also shared the tragic news on Twitter:
TELL ME THIS ISN'T TRUE! I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) May 22, 2016
Menza performed on all of Megadeth’s releases from Rust In Peace to Cryptic Writings before leaving the band in ’98 and returning for a brief spell in 2004.
His fellow ex-Megadeth bandmate Marty Friedman also paid tribute on Facebook, writing: “We all know the great and unique drummer that Nick Menza was, but he was also a trustworthy friend, a hilarious bandmate, as well as a very loving dad. I’m beyond sad, did not see this coming at all. RIP Brother.”
We’ll bring you more news as it develops.
Rock in peace, legend.
And fuck you, 2016.
UPDATE 23/05/16: Megadeth frontman Dave Montaine has issued a statement, saying he is ‘devastated’ by the news of his former band-mate’s passing.
UPDATE26/05/16: Nick Menza’s cause of death has been confirmed.
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