Founding Saliva guitarist Wayne Swinny has sadly passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Saliva only revealed Swinny's condition a few hours ago, and now vocalist Bobby Amaru has issued a statement confirming Swinny's death. We wish Swinny's family and friends all the best at this time.
"I'm not even sure what to think or how to feel right now. My heart aches for Wayne's family, his friends, and anyone who had the joy of being around him," said Amaru. "My heart aches for his daughter Nikki. He loved that little girl so much. He was a Guitar Hero onstage with all the Rock ‘N' Roll swag that most guitar players dream of.
"Offstage he was a proud father, an Ancient Aliens expert, and an incredible human who had zero enemies! He would go out of his way to make sure you had a good time. I'm grateful that I got to share almost 12 years of my life with Wayne on the stage and most importantly off the stage. He was the older brother I never had. I learned so much from him and we had a fucking blast together! I will cherish it all for the rest of my life! God Bless you Wayne. I know we'll meet again!!"
Saliva has commented on Swinny's death as well, saying "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our brother Wayne Swinny. Wayne passed away this afternoon from a Spontaneous brain hemorrhage while we were out on tour. Details for the funeral arrangements will be announced shortly. Wayne will be missed by all those who knew him."