Ex-Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after on-stage collapse
Nick Menza, the former drummer for influential US heavy metal band Megadeth, has died after collapsing on stage during a performance in Southern California.
A spokesman for Menza's family said his jazz band OHM was three songs into a set at a Los Angeles club on Saturday night when the drummer collapsed.
Friends and audience members administered first aid while paramedics were called.
The 51-year-old died at the club of a suspected heart attack, the spokesman said.
Menza was Megadeth's longest-serving drummer, performing on five records over nine years, including 1990's thrash metal landmark, Rust In Peace.
After leaving Megadeth in 1998, Menza pursued an interest in jazz and became an accomplished woodworker.
He is survived by his parents and two sons.