When news broke that Wayne Static had died, it was assumed by many (myself included) that he had died of a drug overdose. It had been no secret in the rock n roll world that Static had been a heavy user in the past. Yesterday, Tera Wray Static, Wayne Static’s widow, released this statement:
I would like to thank everyone on behalf of all the Wayne’s family and myself for all the kind words from all of Wayne’s friends and fans and other bands.
Wayne went very peacefully in his sleep and probably didn’t even know that it happened (which makes me feel better that he wasn’t in pain).
It will be sometime before we know why it happened but I will keep everyone informed.
He had so much more to give the world.
As his wife, biggest fan, and worshipper, I will keep him alive and finish everything that I can that he has been working on. He will never die and I want to share everything that I can that he has to give to his fans and friends. I will try my hardest to be strong and make him proud.
Then, today, she released a lengthier statement, this time a little more angry:
Today [Nov. 4] is my husband’s birthday and instead of celebrating his 49th year of life, we are grieving his short 48 years. It has come to my attention that many have questions and opinions about the cause of the death of my husband in which I now find is necessary to further respond.
Wayne was not taking drugs, if anything he was a drinker, and did not OD. The autopsy will be done by this weekend at the soonest, however for some of the test results it will take up to 6 months to get the actual death certificate finalized. I hope that the results I am given will have some insight, but they told me what I will receive this weekend will be deemed incomplete until all tests are back.
We can all have opinions as to why – 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. We were packing to travel on tour and were to leave that night, but it was Halloween and we decided to leave in the morning with our animals. I wish we had traveled that night then maybe had he fallen ill we could have gotten to the hospital. I will never know.
I find it disrespectful to our families and myself for negative spins that are being posted. For Wayne’s music peers to take it upon themselves to make comment about us, when they are not part of our daily lives or know us outside of tour and music, just to grab a headline to get themselves at the top of the gossip page is disgusting. This is not about you or what you feel is your expert opinion on people you have no relationship with, so shame on you – Do not act like we liked your band either. Wayne was a good soul and he is gone – That is what we do know. Please show some respect to him and his memory – We thank all that have left kind and positive messages in support of this terrible time – I am sure Wayne misses you too …… Tera Wray Static.
So, who is she talking about in that last paragraph? The smart money is on Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, who said this the day of Static’s passing:
Too many musicians are dying from overdoses. I’m serious addiction is real and takes fools out.
I think the only fool here is Shaddix.