Former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda says that Wayne Static’s death has left him “sad and angry.”
“I’m still trying to process the sad fact that I’ve lost my dear old friend Wayne Richard Wells,” he says.
“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 a soft-spoken gentleman. I really loved his dark, biting and sharp sense of humour.”
“It makes me so sad and angry that I’ll never have a chance to reconcile with him. I thought time was the only thing needed for all of us to realise what we had was so special. I was just waiting patiently for my old friend Wayne to come back – hoping someday we’d play music together again, have fun like old times.”
“Rest in peace, Wayne,” Fukuda added, sending condolences to Static’s family. “Thank you for everything. You will be missed by so many people, including me.”
Singer, guitarist and Static-X namesake, Wayne Static was found dead on Saturday aged 48. Following the news, a number of musicians indicated in the media that the death was related to substance abuse, but that has since been denied by Static’s publicist who said that Static had simply passed away in his sleep.
Members of the rock and metal community have continued to offer their thoughts and condolences in the wake of Static’s passing.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine tweeted: “I’m sorry to hear of @IAmWayneStatic’s passing. My condolences go to Wayne’s family, @OfficialStaticX band members and fans.”
Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne wrote: “Very sad to hear of @IAmWayneStatic’s passing. Spent a lot of time together on @TheOzzfest tours. A tragic loss. Love to his family/friends”
Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael shared: “Thoughts go out to the friends and family of @IAmWayneStatic. May his life inspire others to make a change in their own lives – today.”
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor tweeted: “I am absolutely devastated to hear about Wayne Static’s death. A good man and a good friend. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
A full statement about Wayne Static’s death is expected in due course.