Ben Andrews

Nick Menza (Megadeath) Dies after Collapsing on Stage

Nick Menza, former drummer for Megadeath, died after collapsing on stage last Saturday.

The former Megadeth drummer collapsed on stage Saturday at the Baked Potato, a small Studio City, Calif., jazz club, while playing with his progressive jazz trio OHM. The 51-year-old reportedly suffered a suspected heart attack, according to the AP…Many casual fans of Megadeth, the band that came to define Menza’s career, might find his presence in a jazz club confounding. After all, Megadeth is a hard-charging, thrash metal band known for albums such as “Rust in Peace,” “Youthanasia” and “Countdown to Extinction,” all of which Menza pounded his drums on like they were punching bags.

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