Todd Nance, ex-drummer of Widespread Panic and founding member of the band for many years, has passed away at the age of 57 as reported by Relix.
Fellow musician and friend Cody Dickinson has had a heart-breaking week following the news of Carl Dufrene’s passing, and today he shared this message on his Instagram following the news that Nance had passed away.
“Love you buddy. Always. God bless and god speed.”
Widespread Panic shared a message today from the Nance family as well as from their own camp.
From the Nance Family:
It is with great sadness that we announce that Todd Nance, a founding member of Widespread Panic, passed away early this morning in Athens, GA from sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness. There are no services being planned at this time, but information will be shared as decisions are made regarding the best way to honor Todd’s extraordinary life and career. The Nance family appreciates the love and support of all and requests that their privacy be honored during this hard time.
From the Widespread Panic Family:
With heavy Hearts and Loving memories we say good bye to our Brother Todd Alton Nance. Widespread Panic was born the night of Todd’s first show. He and Mikey had played music together in High school (maybe Junior high) and with a lucky thought, Michael tracked him down and asked him to join us – because we had a gig, but needed a drummer. For thirty years Todd was the engine of the Widespread Panic. He wrote great songs, and was a giving and forgiving collaborator. T Man was the epitome of a “team player.” Drove the Band and drove the van.
Funny, adventurous, and a very kind Soul, we wish Todd and his Family peace during this sad time after so many happy times.
Safe travels, Brother Todd.
With Love, the Boys and Girls of Widespread Panic
Trey Anastasio shared a sentiment on socials calling Nance “kind and welcoming, a powerhouse drummer and a truly nice guy.”
So sad to learn of the passing of Todd Nance. I met Todd backstage at the Georgia Theater in Athens 1990, our first southern Phish show. He was kind and welcoming, a powerhouse drummer and a truly nice guy. My heart goes out to Todd’s Family today. Photo via WSP pic.twitter.com/KE9QI9lXGk
— Trey Anastasio (@treyanastasio) August 19, 2020
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I just can’t believe I am writing these words again, so soon.. Saying goodbye to my dear friend and drumming brother, Todd Nance. Todd had that deep, southern boogie groove. Undeniable and infectious. The real deal Holyfield. His signature drumming style influenced so many. His many great performances brought happiness and joy to us all. Todd would always invite me to sit in and play with WSP. I mean ALWAYS. Of all the drummers who have shown me so much love and support all these years, he was the guy who would say, ‘come on Cody, play drums during my solo. Or washboard. Whatever you want.’ Who does that?? Todd Nance. That’s who. Love you buddy. Always. God bless and god speed. Lord, please look after Tammy and his family, as well as all of us who loved him so much, during this difficult time. Amen. Cody
— Osiris Media (@osirispod) August 19, 2020
Was lucky enough to see @WidespreadPanic more times than I can remember. In every different combination of their roster. Today with the news of Todd passing, it’s a little easier to feel blue. #RIP Todd. pic.twitter.com/Piy963k69e
— /r/gratefuldead (@Gratefuldeadsub) August 19, 2020
Our thoughts are with his fans, family and friends today. Sad news. 💔
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