Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P.’s drummer, Frankie Banali has died at the age of 68.
The drummer has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and first revealed his diagnosis to fans in October 2019.
He was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer on April 17th, 2019 and given six months to live. However, he had a 16-month long battle with the disease outliving the expectations of doctors.
Banali lost the fight to cancer after chemotherapy stopped working for him and a series of strokes made clinical trail impossible. He passed away at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surround by his wife and daughter. He is survived by his wife, Regina and his daughter, Ashley and thousands of friends and fans.
He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Aspca.org, Pancan.org, or Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.
Banali debuted with the band back in 1983 on their third album, Metal Health, and played drums on twelve of the band’s records. He also performed on 7 albums with W.A.S.P.
Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.