We hoped it wasn't true when rumors first began circling, but it now appears that Wayne Static of Static-X has passed at the age of 48.

The news of Wayne's passing began to circulate when Micah Electric of 9Electric posted the following update:

Micah Electric via Facebook

We will continue to watch this story as it develops and bring you any official details should there be any released. The rumor did turn out to be true, making this is an incredibly said day in the world of hard rock and metal.

Update: Blabbermouth is reporting that the news of Wayne Static's untimely death has been confirmed by his publicist. The news was also confirmed by Wayne's Facebook page (below). Rest in peace, Wayne.