Ex Megadeth bassist David Ellefson on Nick Menza’s death: ‘He was probably gone before he hit the floor’

Earlier MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says he is “truly honored” to be involved in the making of the upcoming feature-length documentary “This Was My Life: The Story of Nick Menza”which is described as an “exploration of the late MEGADETH the life of a drummer.”

menzawho was a member of MEGADETH from 1989 to 1998 and appeared on four of the band’s studio albums, suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari in their band OHM: in May 2016 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said: menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Ellefson reflected on menza‘s passing in a new interview with The angle of the claw† He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Of course it’s sad when someone leaves the planet because we miss them. And I hear these images with NickI see these images, I hear interviews with him and stuff, and it’s like he was sitting here. So I feel the same. But how Nick died is… If you knew Nick and you lived with him on a tour bus, like us, he used to say things like that, ‘Oh, I’m going to explode on stage. I’m going to amaze you.’ He said crazy things like ‘Jesus was a hologram.’ He was just saying shit to get people on their feet and piss people off – just to see how far he could go. So when he died on stage I’m not gonna lie, I was like, ‘Man, he fucking got away with it. He did it. He really did.’ And it’s interesting, because when he died, he died instantly. They tried to resuscitate him, and he was gone – I mean, he was probably gone before he hit the floor. And God bless him. That was it. Chris Poland told me about it, and I won’t say too much, because a lot of the stuff is in the movie, but he told me the story of how they had a great night and were ready to start the next song, and then Nick wasn’t there. It’s a great story, and I don’t want to say more because the story is great. The movie is going to be really, really, really cool, and I’m really honored to be a part of it and to tell the story of Nicklife and help the family with grieving. They go through that whole process and get to the other side of things.”

“This Was My Life” will be the very first film to commemorate menzalegacy and celebrates his life exactly as it was. It is described in a press release as “an unwavering exploration of the life of one of the most successful thrash metal drummers of all time, authorized by the menza family. From his childhood to the end of his life Includes a true account of the classic’s repeated failed attempts ‘Rest in peace’ queue.”

“This Was My Life” will feature rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage of Nick‘s archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by menza himself from 1988 to 1991. Included will be exclusive content presentation Nick working in the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known artists of the time Nick toured with.

The cover photo for the film was taken by a Los Angeles music photographer Alex Solca and designed by Brazilian art designer Alcides Burn from Fire Artworks

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