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Former Megadeth drummer suffers heart attack on stage and dies at 51

Former Megadeth drummer suffers heart attack on stage and dies at 51

Former Megadeath drummer Nick Menza passed away over the weekend from a heart attack on stage.

Menza, 51 years old, is said to have suffered a heart attack during one of his regular sessions with his band OHM at a small Los Angeles jazz club, the Baked Potato. The following statement from his management confirmed the news. “Nick collapsed during the third song into a set with his band OHM. Earliest reports indicate he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.”

The tributes from his former bandmates have rained in, with Dave Mustaine, co-founder of Megadeth, saying that he awoke at 4am to the news. “Tell me this isn’t true.” he wrote.

Marty Friedman, the former Megadeth guitarist, wrote on Facebook: “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.”

Nick Menza’s biographer J Marshall Craig said “We ask for prayers for Nick’s family, his family, and especially his two sons and their mother, Teri.” “He just spend nearly two weeks with the boys in the Pacific north-west and was absolutely glowing. He was scheduled to fly to my home in Cape Cod tomorrow so that we could finish the comic-book version of the book we wrote on his life, MenzaLife, both of which were slated for release late next month. This morning we are all too numb to think about anything but Nick’s family.”

Rest in peace, Nick.

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