Wayne Swinny, guitarist and founding member of Saliva, dies after 'spontaneous brain hemorrhage'
Wayne Swinny, guitarist and founding member of hard rock band Saliva, has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 59.
Swinny’s bandmates confirmed his death in a Facebook post Wednesday.
“It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our brother Wayne Swinny,” the band wrote. “Wayne passed away this afternoon from a spontaneous brain hemorrhage while we were out on tour. … Wayne will be missed by all those who knew him.”
The band added: “We love you Wayne.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Saliva’s representative for further details.
News of Swinny’s death follows the musician’s hospitalization on Tuesday, after bandmates said he was found in “medical distress.”
“He was transported to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a spontaneous hemorrhage in his brain,” the band wrote on Facebook hours before Swinny’s death. “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.”
Swinny formed Saliva, a band known for its angsty fusion of hard rock and hip-hop, in the late ‘90s with singer Josey Scott, guitarist Chris Dabaldo, bassist Dave Novotny and drummer Paul Crosby. The band released its self-titled debut album in 1997, followed by its major-label debut “Every Six Seconds” in March 2001.
“Every Six Seconds,” which featured lead single “Your Disease,” went on to sell 1 million copies and earned the band a Grammy nomination for best hard rock performance in 2002.
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