On his Instagram, Mustaine uploaded a photo of Rauch drumming and provided the following caption alongside it:
“One of Megadeth’s very first drummers, Lee Rauch, has passed away. He played on the recording of our Last Rites demo tape in early 1984, and I can remember the good times during our rehearsals at Curly Joe’s studio in LA. Farewell, my friend, till we meet again someday.”
After working in Megadeth, Rauch would go on to drum in Dark Angel, and eventually in Wargod. Rauch was 58 years old at the time of his passing.
News of the drummer’s death came via his brother Chris, who provided the following message on social media:
“Today is a very sad day, we lost my brother William Lee Rauch. Lee was a very strong man of faith so I know he is with God now. He was an Awesome drummer, who helped launch one of the biggest metal names in history by being the first drummer for Megadeth, playing along side Dave Mustaine, Kerry King and David Ellefson. His heart was set on making it big and came very close numerous times. Lee was a very loving and giving individual who was extremely hard working, he continued to play drums later in his life for the church which made him happy. He was a loving son and a very honorable man.
“Most of all, he was my brother and though I didn’t always keep in touch the way I should have, I loved him very much and he will be greatly missed to my core. I love you brother, good journey. Hope you enjoy that setup they’ve got up there for you bro, bet its not as big as your blue set was though, lol.
“There will be a memorial service held for Lee, when we have the date and time I will relay it here. Please keep our family in your prayers.”
We send our love to Lee’s family and loved ones. Rest In Peace Lee.
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