According to news sources, the former drummer of US thrash metal band Megadeth, Nick Menza, has died after collapsing on stage. The 51-year-old is thought to have suffered a heart attack while he performed on stage with his band at a Los Angeles club, the Baked Potato.
Mike Simpson, a fan who said he was at the gig, said Menza had collapsed before the band’s third song.
“Thoughts and prayers going out to drummer Nick Menza,” he wrote on Facebook. “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. Positive thoughts.”
The LA club posted on its Facebook page “RIP Nick Menza” .
Menza was the son of a jazz musician and started playing drums at the age of two. He joined Megadeath for the 1989 recording of “Rust In Peace” and played with the band for the next nine years.