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Frankie Banali, the drummer of Quiet Riot, has died aged 68

Frankie Banali, the drummer of heavy metal band Quiet Riot, has passed away at the age of 68.

The hugely celebrated musician had also previously performed with the likes Billy Idol, W.A.S.P, Faster Pussycat and many more. The news of his death was confirmed by his wife, Regina, who confirmed the drummer had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer since April last year.

“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could,” she wrote in the statement. “He lived for playing live and performed for millions of fans around the world throughout his career.

“His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.”

Eddie Trunk, the music historian and friend of the family, also took to Twitter in the wake of Banali’s passing. “It’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of Frankie Banali,” he said. “As many know, Frankie had been battling cancer and passed away last night. He was a great person, friend and musician.”

Banali, born in Queens, New York, moved to Los Angeles where his life behind a drum kit really began to take hold. Hugely influenced by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Banali was able to merge his love for the world of freestyle jazz drumming and translate that into his now platinum-selling heavy metal sound.

Banali is survived by his wife Regina and daughter Ashley.