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Nick Menza (1964 - 2016)

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Nick Menza (1964 - 2016)

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has died at the age of 51 after collapsing on stage, according to The Guardian and other news sources.

Menza was playing a gig on Saturday night with his band OMH at the Baked Potato club in Los Angeles. He collapsed on stage while playing and died of an apparent heart attack.

Menza played with the thrash metal band Megadeth during what is called their “classic” period from 1989 until 1998. He played with the band on some of their most successful albums including Rust in Peace which was released in 1990.


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Dave Mustaine, co-founder of Megadeth, tweeted that he woke up at 4am to the sad news. “Tell me this isn’t true,” he said.

Marty Friendman, former guitarist for Megadeth , posted this tribute 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.”

Menza was the son of jazz drummer Don Menza. He had been playing with the band OHM since 2002.

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