Nick Menza has suddenly died. The drummer, who was best known for his past work with the American thrash metal Megadeth was on stage with his band, OHM, in Los Angeles and during his performance he just collapsed and sadly he succumbed to heart failure on May 21, 2016. He was just fifty-one years old and on the club’s Facebook page on Sunday early posted was,
“RIP Nick Menza” Dave Mustaine, co-founder of Megadeth, said on Twitter that he awoke at 4am to the news. “Tell me this isn’t true,” he wrote.
Marty Friendman, the former Megadeth guitarist, wrote 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.”
Also, there were shocked fans, who post Facebook tributes on Menza’s Facebook page.
Mike Simpson, a fan who said he was at the gig, reported that Menza collapsed before the third song in the band’s set. “I was watching his band OHM at the Baked Potato tonight and he collapsed on stage. Paramedics were saying it looked like a heart attack,” he wrote.
One fan, Andrew White, wrote: “A huge part of my teenage years has passed away with this news.”
Allen Hall posted: “We lost an amazing talent and fantastic person yesterday. Nick Menza was the nicest and most sincere guy you should ever hope to meet. He would take the shirt off his back to help you if you needed it. He had a passion for artwork, not just metal music. His tastes were far wider than that genre, which always irked his manager.”
He was the son of a jazz musician Don Menza, and at the age of two, he started to play the drums.
Such sad news for his family, fans and bandmates.