Wayne Swinny, guitarist for metal group Saliva, dead at 59 from sudden brain hemorrhage

 March 25, 2023

Wayne Swinny, a founding member and guitarist for the hard rock band Saliva, died unexpectedly on Wednesday while the group was on the road on tour, Billboard reported.

According to the band, Swinny suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage and was hospitalized but he ultimately passed away at the age of 59.

A "spontaneous brain hemorrhage"

In a Wednesday afternoon post to Saliva's official Facebook account, the band announced, "Our dear brother Wayne Swinny was discovered Tuesday morning in medical distress and paramedics were called. He was transported to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a Spontaneous Hemorrhage in his brain."

"He is currently in the ICU as we await further news. We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this time," the group added.

Unfortunately, about six hours later, a second Facebook post stated, "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our brother Wayne Swinny."

"Wayne passed away this afternoon from a Spontaneous brain hemorrhage while we were out on tour. Details for the funeral arrangements will be announced shortly," the post added. "Wayne will be missed by all those who knew him. We love you Wayne."

Nu-Metal band from Memphis

Billboard reported that guitarist Swinny helped form Saliva in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 alongside singer Josey Scott, bassist Dave Novotny, drummer Todd Poole, and fellow guitarist Chris D’Abaldo.

They hit it big in 2001 with the release of the album "Every Six Seconds" which included the hit songs "Click, Click, Boom" and "Your Disease," and were a prominent fixture among the "Nu-Metal" genre of hard rock that combined elements of heavy metal and hip-hop.

Swinny was the only remaining original member of the band, as everyone else ventured off over the years, including singer Scott in 2011, who was replaced by singer Bobby Amaru.

"The older brother I never had"

Amaru, in a statement to TMZ, said of Swinny's sudden death, "I’m not even sure what to think or how to feel right now. My heart aches for Wayne’s family, his friends, and anyone who had the joy of being around him."

"My heart aches for his daughter Nikki. He loved that little girl so much," he continued of his late bandmate. "He would go out of his way to make sure you had a good time. I’m grateful that I got to share almost 12 years of my life with Wayne on the stage and most importantly off the stage."

"He was the older brother I never had," Amaru added. "I learned so much from him and we had a f--king blast together! I will cherish it all for the rest of my life! God Bless you Wayne. I know we’ll meet again!!"

Fundraiser established for beloved daughter

In a Facebook post on Friday morning, Saliva said, "The love that has been shown to Wayne and the Saliva family has been overwhelming. Please know we are reading every message, text, post, comment and the support from all of you is helping us cope with the tragic loss of our brother.

"We have created a GoFundMe with Wayne’s sister to create a trust for his beautiful daughter and cover any expenses," the group added.

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