Nick Menza Dies; Former Megadeth Drummer Was 51

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Nick Menza, a musician best known as the drummer of Megadeth in the 1990s, died Saturday after reportedly collapsing on stage during a Los Angeles concert.

He was 51 years old.

Nick Menza

According to CNN and other outlets, Menza was playing drums with his band OHM at The Baked Potato on Saturday night, May 21 when he suddenly collapsed during the third song of the set.

Paramedics arrived on the scene, but were unable to revive him after trying for 45 minutes.

He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Here is what a statement by Menza’s management team said soon after the tragedy took place.

"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 the hospital."

The Los Angeles venue itself was among the first to address the sad situation, writing, "RIP Nick Menza," on its Facebook page.

Menza joined Megadeth in 1989 and played on four albums before leaving in 1998.

Upon learning of the news on Sunday morning, the band's co-founder, Dave Muscatine, took to Twitter to mourn his former bandmate.

“TELL ME THIS ISN’T TRUE!” he wrote. “I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip.”

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman also jumped on media to grieve Menza’s passing.

“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,” he wrote, adding:

“I’m beyond sad, did not see this coming at all. RIP Brother.”

We send our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Nick Menza.

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