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Former NILE/DIVINE HERSY Bassist Joe Payne Dead at Age 35

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Joe Payne, who has played bass in bands like Nile and Divine Heresy has passed away. He was only 35 years old. No cause of death is known at the time of this posting. His former bandmate, Divine Heresy guitarist Dino Cazares, broke the news.

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Dino wrote on social media:

“Our Metal brother Joseph Payne has passed away. Another one gone way to young, he was 35 years old.

“I wasn’t going to say anything until I got confirmation from his family, which I now did. At this time no cause of death has been revealed.

“Joe was a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician. Although he played bass in ‪Divine Heresy‬, he was an incredible guitarist. I first saw him playing bass in Nile and right then and there, I said, ‘I want that guy in my band.’ After having
that first conversation that night, I realized he was a great dude and from there on, we’ve shared some amazing moments in life and on tour, from Australia to South America to Canada to Mexico to Europe etc..

“We love you and we will miss you Rest In Peace my friend.
“-Dino Cazares”

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Metal Injection offers our deepest condolences to Payne's friends and family at this time.

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