Former Broken Hope drummer Ryan Stanek has died at the age of 42, former bandmate Jeremy Wagner has reported. Stanek co-founded the death metal band in 1988 and left in 1997 and appeared on their first four albums “Swamped In Gore”, “The Bowels Of Repugnance”, “Repulsive Conception” and “Loathing”.

Wagner says: “Ryan’s artistic talents went beyond drums – he also played acoustic guitar incredibly well, wrote some of the segues on the earlier albums, contributed his own lyrical parts. He became a singer-songwriter post Broken Hope, where he expressed his art his own way, and very well.”

The guitarist adds a personal message to his old friend: “If you can hear my words, please know that I’ll never forget you. You enriched and changed my life for the better. I’m extremely grateful to have known you, and to have known you as my friend when we were young men — and also, the last time we ever spoke.”