STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static died after mixing a cocktail of Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal.
The 48-year-old 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 was found dead at his home in Landers, California on November 1, 2014.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET has obtained a copy of the official coroner's report which has just been released. The 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 (alprazolam) 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."
The official cause of death is listed on the coroner's report as "mixed prescription drug (oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam) with alcohol toxicity, hours, due to chronic prescription drug and alcohol abuse, years." The "manner of death" is given as "natural."
Statements from both Static's widow, former porn star Tera Wray, and a publicist back in November dismissed rumors that his passing was drug related or the result of a drug overdose. Wray said at the time: "Wayne was not taking drugs. If anything, he was a drinker, and did not OD." She added: "We all know that both Wayne and I had abused narcotics with alcohol in the past, which I am sure took a toll on his body, heart and soul."
PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix 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."
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.