Todd Nance (Founding Drummer of Widespread Panic) Has Passed Away, R.I.P.

Todd Nance behind the kit for Widespread Panic, 7.2.14 in Las Vegas © Paul Citone

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.”

Our thoughts are with his fans, family and friends today. Sad news. 💔

This story is still developing…