Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali died on Thursday, August 20, at the age of 68 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
A statement from Banali’s widow Regina Banali noted that the drummer was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in April of 2019 and given only six months to live.
“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could,” the statement said. “Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible.”
“He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter,” the statement added.
Banali joined Quiet Riot in 1982 and played on the band’s breakthrough third album, Metal Health, which was first heavy metal album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
In addition to Quiet Riot, Banali also played with W.A.S.P., Faster Pussycat, Dokken, Billy Idol, Steppenwolf, and others.
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