Sanctuary and Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane dies aged 56

Dane died of a heart attack

Metal singer Warrel Dane of Sanctuary and Nevermore has died of a heart attack while in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dane died around midnight on Wednesday (December 13) in the apartment the Seattle-born singer uses when recording. Johnny Moraes, guitarist for Dane’s solo band, was with the singer when his heart attack began.

“I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead”, Moraes said to Brazil’s UOL.


The guitarist continued: “His health was already very weak because of his diabetes and his problems with alcoholism. He was already facing a lot of health problems.”

Dane was in the midst of recording a follow-up to his 2008 solo album ‘Praises To The War Machine’.

The news was revealed over Facebook by Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge: “Today I wake up to the news that Warrel Dane has died,” he wrote. “I don’t even know what to say. My friend, brother and musical companion for over 30 years has passed away. I’m in total shock right now”.

“I’m sorry for any close family or friends that had to hear the news on Facebook.”

Warrel Dane

Dane’s other bandmates from Nevermore have posted on Facebook and Instagram in the wake of the singer’s passing.


Guitarist Jeff Loomis wrote on Facebook: “So much to say, but can’t find the words. Just solace in knowing we were friends again at the end of the day and that we enjoyed wayyyy more good times together than we did bad. Till we meet again, WD”

Drummer Loomis said in an Instagram post: “Rest in peace, Warrel. I will always cherish the good times we had together.”

Nevermore split up in 2011 whereas Sanctuary reformed in 2010 after an 18-year break and have spent recent years touring comeback album, 2014’s ‘The Year The Sun Died’ and ‘Inception’ from 2016.