Authorities Monday were investigating the dramatic on-stage death of Nick Menza, ex-drummer for the metal band Megadeth, who collapsed on stage at a Studio City jazz club.

Menza collapsed late Saturday night during a performance with his progressive jazz trio OHM at a Studio City club and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police reported.

NBC4 reported that the drummer appeared to suffer a massive heart attack and that friends and audience members rendered aid while paramedics were called. Menza was playing at the Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., one of the Southland’s oldest jazz clubs that is known for its music and for serving large baked potatoes in a small, dark traditional jazz-club atmosphere.

Menza had been Megadeth’s longest-serving drummer, working with the band for nine years, including on their 1990 landmark song “Rust in Peace.”

—City News Service

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