James Woolley, keyboardist of Nine Inch Nails, has died
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:48:54
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James Woolley, a core member of iconic industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails between 1991 and 1994 has died at the age of 50.
Replacing Lee Mars on keyboard in time for the band's run of dates as part of the inaugural Lollapalooza, Woolley joined Nine Inch Nails in 1991. He remained a core member through NIN's 1994 Self-Destruct Tour in support of The Downward Spiral. Some of his contributions to the band can be seen in 1997's concert film Closure. Woolley also appears in the videos for "Wish" and "March of the Pigs," Watch both below.
Kate Van Buren, Woolley's former wife, announced the news on Facebook. "James passed away this weekend… I wanted our friends to know so you can please keep Brendan, Mary and Anne, the Woolley family and all his loved ones in your prayers." Van Buren wrote, "James worked hard and played hard with NIN. He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn't as easy to do as playing guitar or drums. Those years were truly magical and quite an adventure."
After leaving Nine Inch Nails in 1994, Woolley toured with Rob Halford's one-time band 2wo, and made music under the moniker V.O.I.D.
A cause of death is unknown at this time.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff