Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died Saturday night after collapsing onstage in Studio City, California. He was 51.
Management confirmed his death in a statement: “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.”
Menza played drums in Megadeth from 1989 through 1998 and recorded on four classic albums—’Rust in Peace,’ ‘Countdown to Extinction,’ ‘Youthanasia,’ and ‘Cryptic Writings.’
Dave Mustaine Tweeted, “TELL ME THIS ISN’T TRUE! I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip”
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson added, “Condolences to the Nick Menza family and friends. We have lost a gentle giant… A true artist and friend to us all. #ripnickmenza”
Revolver sends condolences to his bandmates, family and friends. R.I.P.