Saliva Guitarist Wayne Swinny Dead at 59 After Brain Hemorrhage

Wayne Swinny, the renowned American guitarist with Saliva, passed away last week at the age of 52. A true legend in the music industry, Wayne’s death saved two lives through organ donation. Saliva vocalist Bobby Amaru has announced a GoFundMe, raising funds towards Wayne’s expenses and a trust for his young daughter.

“The Saliva family is mourning the tragic loss of our brother Wayne Swinny,” Amaru said. “Wayne left us suddenly from a spontaneous brain hemorrhage on March 22, 2023.

“Wayne fought hard but ultimately lost his battle. The one bright light is the fact that Wayne was an organ donor and was able to donate his liver and kidneys, which saved two lives.

“Wayne leaves behind the love of his life; his beautiful 11-year-old daughter Nikki. Also, his sister Linda, his very tightly bonded Saliva family, countless friends, legions of musicians whom he inspired past and present, and millions of fans across the world.

“The pain and loss his loved ones are experiencing is incomprehensible. We are setting up a donation link to help cover Wayne’s expenses and to create a trust for his daughter Nikki. Wayne will miss Nikki’s graduations, dances, extracurricular events, marriage, children…milestones, highlights and those times she would have needed her father’s guidance and strength by her side. We hope to be able to provide her with some support as she begins her journey in life without him. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

“The Saliva family is overwhelmed by the amount of love we have received. Thank you all for the posts, calls, e-mails, texts, and prayers. They are greatly appreciated and helping everyone cope during this very trying time.

“Wayne was my best friend and bandmate for nearly 12 years. His sister Linda and I discussed creating a GoFundMe so that a trust could be created for his daughter Nikki.”

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Wayne was the driving force behind many of the Saliva’s most memorable moments, and his unique style of guitar playing made him one of the most sought-after musicians in the industry. He was known for his ability to blend different genres of music, from hard rock to Metal to alternative, and his innovative use of guitar effects and pedals.

He received several awards and nominations, including a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002. Wayne will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and fans around the world.

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