In a shocking email sent late Saturday night (Nov. 1), FiXT Publicity made the sad announcement that Wayne Static -- founding member and frontman of industrial rock outfit Static-X -- passed away at age 48.

“Wayne Static was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X,” the statement reads. “[He] later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months."

Unfortunately, no further details are known about Static’s death at this time. His death comes just days before his 49th birthday on Nov. 4.

In addition to Static-X’s debut, platinum-selling album, ‘Wisconsin Death Trip,’ the band released five more albums, most recently 2009’s ‘Cult of Static.’ Static also had a solo career, giving fans 2011’s ‘Pighammer’ as well as planning on a new record that was slated to hit store shelves in 2015.

While thoughts and memories are being shared all across social media, we expect more and more to pour in as the news settles in overnight.

Diffuser would like to offer our condolences to Static’s friends and family through this very hard time.

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