Music star Jon Wysocki passes away

 May 22, 2024

Music fans across the world are going to be saddened to hear the news, particularly if they are or were ever a fan of the rock band Staind.

Jon Wysocki, a drummer and founding member of the group, passed away on May 18, 2024.

At the time his death was reported, no cause of death had been shared. Whatever the cause though, there's at least one inarguable fact about Jon's death:

He was WAY too young

Some outlets are reporting him as being 56-years-old, while others are claiming he was 53. Either way, that's not old enough to perish.

Staind wasn't the only band that Wysocki was famous for being a part of. He also had his own band, Lydia's Castle. The band's social media page was what broke the news to the world:

"On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, Jon Wysocki passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly."

Even though Jon had left Staind back in 2011, the official social media account for that group expressed their condolences as well:

"We first met Jon through mutual friends in 1994. We came together with Mike, Aaron, and Johnny April in 1995 and founded Staind. The 17 years that followed were some of the best memories of our times together. From practice in Ludlow, Mass to touring around the world, Jon was integral to who we were as a band. Our hearts go out to Jon’s family, and fans around the world who loved him."


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The beginning

Born in Westfield, Massachusetts, Wysocki would eventually go on to form the band Staind with singer Aron Lewis, bass player Johnny April, and guitarist Mike Mushok. Jon was in Staind from 1995 until 2011, and contributed on seven of the band's records.

Their most famous was their third, entitled "Break the Cycle," which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Reportedly because of friction between him and singer Aaron Lewis, Wysocki left the band in 2011 after their self-titled long play.

Grudge GONE

If there were any ill feelings remaining between Wysocki and Lewis, Lewis didn't show it on social media. Instead, he touched the hearts of many with an emotional post:

"I’m so sad. I lost my friend. A friend I loved like a brother… fought with like a brother… cared for like a brother… worried about like a brother… cried over like a brother… because he was my brother in arms."

Lewis continued, "My journey would’ve been different without him… The battles we fought together. The battles we fought against each other. The battles we fought side by side alone with our own demons. The battles we won and the battles we lost. He was my friend. He was our brother. My heart is broken. My world has changed. I’ll see you on the other side my friend. My brother. Godspeed. My heart, my love, and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I’m so fucking sad. He will be missed."

Prayers out to Wysocki's friends, family, and fans. He will be missed.

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