Jon Wysocki, Bids Farewell at 53


Through an Instagram post, Lydia’s Castle, Wysocki’s current band, confirmed the sad news.

On 5/18/2024 at 8:02 pm, @jonwysocki4 passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly.


Before his passing, on May 18, Shawna Hornbeck, a member of Lydia’s Castle, confirmed that Wysocki was in the ICU due to “issues with his liver that require him to be under the attention of medical professionals to ensure that he is treated properly. While he has been struggling, there are signs that he is recovering slowly.” But up to this date, no cause of death has been released.


Born on January 17, 1971, in Westfield, Massachusetts, Jon Wysocki is best known as the former drummer of the American rock band Staind. He was one of the founding members of the band, along with Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, and Johnny April. Staind gained significant success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits like “It’s Been Awhile” and “Outside.”

Wysocki’s drumming style was a key element of Staind’s sound, characterized by its blend of alternative metal, post-grunge, and nu-metal influences. His solid rhythms and dynamic playing contributed to the band’s distinctive sound.

Despite being an integral part of Staind for many years, Wysocki left the band in 2011 due to conflict with their singer Aaron Lewis. Since then, he has been involved in various projects, including collaborating with other musicians and pursuing his musical endeavors. While he may not be as prominently in the public eye as during his time with Staind, his contributions to the band’s success are still remembered by fans of the group.

On his account on X (formerly known as Twitter), Aaron wrote:

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. 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.



Let’s take a look back at Jon Wysocki’s Staind days, here are It’s Been Awhile, and Outside



Jon Wysocki’s impact extends beyond his tenure with Staind, leaving an indelible mark on the rock music landscape. As the rhythmic heartbeat of the band, his drumming prowess helped define Staind’s signature sound and contributed to their enduring success. Beyond his role in the band, Wysocki’s dedication to his craft and versatility as a musician has ensured his legacy in the annals of rock history. While his journey may have taken him on different paths since departing from Staind, his influence continues to resonate with fans and aspiring musicians alike, a testament to his enduring talent and musical spirit.


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