Nick Menza was playing with his new band „Ohm“ im Jazz-Club Baked Potato in Los Angeles, when he suddenly collapsed in the third song on the drums. Menza was 51 Years old and is said to have suffered a heart attack. His former Megadeth-colleague, Dave Mustaine, expressed shock.
Menzas Management announced loudly „Guardian“ in a statement with, that the drummer had collapsed on stage. We start from a massive heart attack. Menza was declared dead on arrival at the hospital for. Menza was of 1989 to 1998 Drummer bei Megadeth, he worked on four albums of thrash-Metal-band with, thereunder „Rust in Peace“, „Countdown to Extinction“ and „Youthanasia“. During the tour the album „Cryptic Writings“ Menza got knee problems – a benign tumor, as it turned out. Zur Behandlung musste Menza die Band verlassen, his replacement was the new drummer of the group. Year 2004 he was invited to a reunion, but then fired again during the rehearsal. He was not physically fit for a US tour, it was called at that time. Last year Menza joined the band Ohm, a rock-jazz fusion group, founded by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland.
„RIP Nick Menza“ reported the club on its Facebook-Seite on Sunday. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth wrote at twitter: „Tells me, that this is not true!“ Menza had celebrated mainly in the 90s with great success Megadeth. After that, he had played with numerous other bands.
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
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) May 22, 2016
Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman recalled on facebook an Menza als „unique drummer“, but also „trusted friend, funny bandmates and loving father“.
We mourn with Nick's friends and his family. R.I.P. one of the best of his profession and for me the best drummer, who played ever in Megadeth.