Wayne Static’s Widow Tera Wray Static Issues New Statement Denying Drug Overdose Rumors
It's no secret: rumors about the death of Static-X frontman Wayne Static have been spreading since the musician's passing was announced on Nov. 1. Static had been a user of hard drugs in the past, so many assumed an overdose was the cause of Static's sudden death. After issuing a short statement yesterday, Static's widow, Tera Wray Static, has released a new lengthier statement denying the involvement of drugs.
Unfortunately, the amount of love the world has for one musician often isn't truly revealed until death. After Wayne Static died, a massive outpouring of tributes came from fans and fellow musicians. Static's death has gripped us all the past few days, but the stigma of drugs is also part of that stranglehold.
In an attempt to quell the rumors of a drug overdose, Tera Wray Static released the following statement yesterday:
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.
It's not clear who Tera is addressing in the last paragraph. After hearing rumors that Wayne Static's death was drug-related, Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix admittedly jumped the gun, posting on Twitter and Instagram, "Too many musicians are dying from overdoses. I'm serious addiction is real and takes fools out." Shaddix has since apologized profusely for the post.
Stay tuned for more on the death of Wayne Static as news continues to break.