While we continue to mourn the sudden loss of Nevermore/Sanctuary frontman Warrel Dane, who passed away earlier this morning from an alleged heart attack, Sanctuary shared their thoughts via Facebook:
“Today I wake up to the news that Warrel Dane has died. I don’t even know what to say. My friend, brother and musical companion for over 30 years has passed away. I’m in total shock right now. I’m sorry for any close family or friends that had to hear the news on Facebook.”
His death was unexpected, however his voice will remain immortal. Towards the tail end of last month, Iced Earth announced a 2018 North American headlining tour, which kicks off on February 22nd. Sanctuary were originally scheduled as their special guests along with Kill Ritual, and it is safe to assume there will be another announcement to reveal a change. However, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer did share his thoughts on the late Dane:
“The band and I send our sincere condolences to Warrel Dane’s family and loved ones. He was an old friend of the band and will be missed. Cheers to you and your legacy brother, you made your mark, and you will not be forgotten!
Big love, Jon Schaffer”
A few months ago, guitarist Jeff Loomis discussed about Nevermore’s sour breakup along with the possibility for a reunion:
“And if the timing is right, maybe one day we’ll do a couple more songs or maybe an album even, who knows? It’s quite possible.”
It is evident that we are still shocked and devastated from this loss along with being reminded of a future uncertain.
R.I.P. Warrel Dane. A lot of memories running through my head… It’s so strange to think you’ll never send me a funny text again. You were a uniquely talented, intelligent but troubled man that left your undeniable mark on Heavy Metal history. You’ll be sorely missed my friend. pic.twitter.com/6AiO1wb59C
— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) December 13, 2017
Century Media Records mourn the passing of Warrel Dane
(Sanctuary, Nevermore, Warrel Dane).
In respect to his family, band mates & friends, an official statement will be made at a later stage. pic.twitter.com/TXVAla1dbS
— Century Media Europe (@centurymediaeu) December 13, 2017
Rest In Peace Warrel Dane of Sanctuary and Nevermore. So young. Thank you for the amazing music over the years.
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) December 13, 2017
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) December 13, 2017
We are saddened to hear about the loss of singer and frontman #WarrelDane.
— Gramercy Theatre (@GramercyTheatre) December 13, 2017
Another rock / metal loss today. RIP Warrel Dane of Sanctuary & @nevermoreband ..
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 13, 2017
Ah man, r.i.p Warrel Dane, one of the original @centurymedia alumni. See ya buddy :/
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) December 13, 2017
— Jeremy Wagner (@JeremyXWagner) December 13, 2017