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Staind’s Founding Drummer Jon Wysocki Passes Away at 53



Jon Wysocki

Jon Wysocki, a drummer and founding member of the rock band Staind, has died at the age of 53. His death confirmed on May 18. The news shared on social media by his band Lydia’s Castle.

They wrote, “On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, Jon Wysocki passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly. At the time of this article’s publication, no cause of death had shared.

Before his death, Jon Wysocki reported to have complications with his liver. On May 18, Shawna Hornbeck from his band Lydia’s Castle shared a post on Facebook with more details. She confirmed that Wysocki was in the ICU because of liver issues.

Hornbeck wrote that Wysocki needed to be under the care of medical professionals to ensure he received the proper treatment. She mentioned that although he was struggling, there were signs that he was recovering slowly.


The official social media account for the band Staind, which Wysocki left in 2011, also shared a statement about his passing.

They wrote, “We first met Jon through mutual friends in 1994. In 1995, we came together with Mike, Aaron, and Johnny April to form Staind. The 17 years that followed some of the best memories we had together.

From practicing in Ludlow, Massachusetts, to touring around the world, Jon was an essential part of our band. Our hearts go out to Jon’s family and to the fans around the world who loved him.

Jon Wysocki was born on January 17, 1971, in Westfield, Massachusetts. He best known for being the co-founder of the grunge band Staind. He formed the band along with singer Aaron Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, and bassist Johnny April.


Wysocki was the drummer for Staind from 1995 until 2011. During his time with the band, he played on seven of their albums. While, one of the band’s most successful albums, “Break the Cycle,” was released in 2001. This album was particularly notable because it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

In 2011, Jon Wysocki left Staind after they released their self-titled seventh album. His departure was reportedly due to disagreements with Aaron Lewis.

Aaron Lewis wrote a heartfelt tribute that he shared on X. He expressed his sadness, saying, “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.

Aaron Lewis continued his tribute with heartfelt words, saying, “My journey would’ve been different without him. So, the battles we fought together. The battles we fought against each other. While, 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.