Former Sacred Reich guitarist Jason Rainey has died from an apparent heart attack aged 53.
His wife Renee Novak-Rainey posted the news on Facebook today.
“My husband Jason Rainey passed away a hour ago. Most likely a heat (sic) attack. They worked on him for a half hour but they couldn’t save him.”
Sacred Reich has also responded to the news in a statement.
“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.
“Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months.
“With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band.
“He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.
“In recent years he faced some serious medical issues.
“He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.
“Jason, we wish you peace and love.
“Jason Wesley Rainey
“February 14, 1967 – March 16, 2020”
Rainey was guitarist from 1986 until he parted ways with the band in 2019.
Some sources said it was an amicable split, though Rainey’s Facebook post in October 2019 told a different story.
“I keep getting freind (sic) requests from people who must think im still in sacred reich, i am not, i hate them and am trying to get along with my life after being robbed by them, so im sorry but im not interested in talking about them answering questions about them or even thinking about them sorry but i just dont care about those a holes any more theyve taken enough from me and i dont want to waste any more time on them sorry sad but true.”