Ozzy Osbourne leads Wayne Static tributes

Ozzy Osbourne, Corey Taylor and several other heavy metal stars have paid tribute to Wayne Static following the death of the former Static-X frontman aged 48

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Wayne and Tera Static

Wayne Static and his wife Tera Wray Static

Ozzy Osbourne has led tributes to Wayne Static after he died aged 48.

The Black Sabbath singer has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the heavy metal outfit Static-X frontman - known for his huge hair - and admitted the late star's passing is a "tragic loss" for music.

He wrote: "Very sad to hear of @IAmWayneStatic's passing. Spent a lot of time together on @TheOzzfest tours. A tragic loss. Love to his family/friends (sic)"

News of Wayne's passing emerged over the weekend when his publicist confirmed the singer had died.

He said in a statement: "Platinum selling musician Wayne Richard Wells, better known as Wayne Static, passed away at the age of 48.

"Wayne Static was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career.

"Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months. No additional information is available at this time."

Several other stars also paid tribute to the singer including Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, who admitted he was "devastated".

He tweeted: "I am absolutely devastated to hear about Wayne Static's death. A good man and a good friend. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix also took to Instagram to post a picture of Wayne, whose cause of death is not yet known, and attached a tribute that appeared to suggest he may have passed away from an overdose.

He wrote: "RIP WAYNE.... THIS IS SO SAD. TOO MANY MUSICIANS ARE DYING FROM OVERDOSES. IM SERIOUS ADDICTION IS REAL AND TAKES FOOLS OUT. NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE. SO GLAD I LIVE A SOBER LIFE TODAY. THE NUMBER OF FRIENDS THAT I HAVE LOST TO ADDICTION IS CRAZY. IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITN ADDICTION GET SOME HELP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. I KNOW DRUGS AND PARTYING ARE PART OF THE "rock n roll lifestyle" BUT DAMN HOW MANY MORE GOTTA DIE??? F**K THE LIFESTYLE I WANT LIFE!!!! SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE WAYNE.... (sic)"

The star leaves behind his wife, Tera Wray Static, 32, who he married in Las Vegas in January 2008.

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