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Frankie Banali, best known for his work as the drummer of Quiet Riot, has died. He was 68.

Banali had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer and went public with his diagnosis in October 2019.

In a statement to the media, Banali’s wife, Regina, said, “He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

Quiet Riot was still active, even while Banali was fighting cancer. He was the only member left in Quiet Riot from their breakthrough 1983 album Metal Health. Banali drummed on 12 Quiet Riot studio albums, with their most recent album, Hollywood Cowboys, released in November 2019.

In addition to Quiet Riot, Banali drummed on eight studio albums for W.A.S.P. and appeared on the all-star metal charity album Hear ‘n Aid.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.