Wayne Swinny, one of the founding members of the Saliva gang, was pronounced dead Wednesday after an apparent brain hemorrhage.
The band revealed earlier in the day that their guitarist had been admitted to ICU and was fighting for his life, TMZ reported.
An update came an hour later..
“Wayne passed away this afternoon from a spontaneous brain hemorrhage while on tour,” a representative for the band told the outlet.
He Swinny, 59 years old. originally had been rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a “spontaneous hemorrhage” in your brain.
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The band, founded in 1996, is made up of musicians Bobby Amaru, Brad Stewart and Sammi Bishop.
“I’m not even sure what to think or how to feel right now,” said Amaru, the band’s lead singer.
“My heart aches for Wayne’s family, his friends and anyone who has had the joy of being close to him. My heart aches for his daughter Nikki. I loved that girl very much,” he added.
Swinny was the only member of the band to have been with her consistently since its inception in 1996.
Saliva’s style was a mix of heavy metal with rap lyrics known as “Nu Metal”. Josey Scott, the band’s original lead singer, has previously cited various hip-hop artists as influences on his writing and playing.
Saliva’s latest album “10 Lives” was released in 2018.
The band’s tour was scheduled for Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Friday in Wyandotte, Michigan.