Former Megadeth Drummer Dies At 51 After Collapsing On Stage


Nick Menza, a previous drummer for the heavy metal band Megadeth, passed away at age 51 after collapsing on phase at a Los Angeles club late on Saturday, a household representative stated on Sunday.

Menza collapsed while carrying out with his existing band OHM at the Baked Potato club in Studio City, California, where he lived, stated household spokesperson J. Marshall Craig, who is likewise Menza’s biographer.

The band had actually been performing its 3rd tune of the very first set late on Saturday when Menza collapsed, Craig stated. Audience members and buddies aimed to resuscitate him up until medics showed up, however Menza passed away in an ambulance en path to a regional health center after 25 minutes of resuscitation efforts.

“Despite his exceptional health and exceptionally active, sober way of life, a cardiac arrest is his believed, though not validated, cause of death,” Craig stated. An autopsy will be carried out, he stated.

Menza was the longest-serving drummer for Megadeth from 1989 to 1998, a duration when the band was thought about at its height, Craig stated. He taped drums and visited on the albums “Rust in Peace,” “Countdown to Extinction,” “Youthanasia” and “Cryptic Writings”.

Menza was asked by Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine to sign up with the band in 1989, after very first playing cope with the group the year prior to in Bradford, England, according to Menza’s site.

Halfway through a 1998 trip, Menza found a growth on his knee and was required to leave for surgical treatment. Megadeth worked with a replacement and Menza was not asked back, the site stated.

In an approaching narrative, Menza has absolutely nothing however appreciation for his previous bandmates, consisting of Mustaine, and considered himself lucky to have actually belonged of a famous band, Craig stated.

He had actually been playing in OHM, that included fellow Megadeth alumnus Chris Poland, for more than one year after numerous solo stints, Craig stated.

Menza was likewise an achieved artist and woodworker, and was set to reveal an art series in Houston next month.

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