David Wayne Dies
Wayne, 47, sang on the Seattle band’s first two albums before leaving and forming the group Reverend.
He also released a solo album and reunited with Metal Church in 1999 for the Masterpeace album.
“This is not only a loss for us as a band and his family, but also millions of metalheads throughout the world,” a post on Wayne’s official Web site said.
“David and his current band had just completed several new songs and were ready to head to the recording studio after their European tour dates this summer.”