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Ex-Nile/Divine Heresy Bassist/Guitarist Joe Payne Has Passed Away


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Bassist/guitarist Joe Payne of Divine Heresy, Nile, etc. fame has passed away. Friends and family have been posting tributes to him online, including his close friend Pascual Romero (Devil’s Throne, ex-Pathology/In This Moment), who stated:

His former Divine Heresy bandmate Dino Cazares also commented:

“Our Metal brother Joseph Payne has passed away. Another one gone way to young.
I wasn’t going to say anything until I got confirmation from his family, which I now did. At this time no cause of death has been revealed.

Joe was a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician. Although he played bass in ‪Divine Heresy‬, he was an incredible guitarist. I first saw him playing bass in Nile and right then and there, I said, ‘I want that guy in my band.’

After having that first conversation that night, I realized he was a great dude and from there on, we’ve shared some amazing moments in life and on tour,from Australia to South America to Canada to Mexico to Europe etc..

Joe was a very outgoing funny guy with a very friendly personality. He was loved by many and he loved all his fans and road friends. He never complained when times got tough on the road. He always helped everyone and worked his ass off when he was in DH and I admired him for being that way. 

We love you and we will miss you Rest In Peace my friend.
Dino Cazares

A cause of death does not yet appear to have been revealed. Payne, made headlines back in 2012 after being arrested with 2,900 grams of marijuana and received various felony possession, etc. charges, is thought to have been around 35-years-old at the time of his passing.

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