Todd Nance, the founding drummer of Widespread Panic, has died. He was 57.
His family confirmed the news on the Widespread Panic website, writing, “It is with great sadness that we announce that Todd Nance, a founding member of Widespread Panic, passed away early this morning in Athens, GA from sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness.”
The statement continued, “There are no services planned at this time, but information will be shared as decisions are made regarding the best way to honor Todd’s extraordinary life and career. The Nance family appreciates the love and support of all and requests that their privacy be honored during this hard time.”
The band also shared a heartfelt statement, saying, “With heavy Hearts and Loving memories we say good bye to our Brother Todd Alton Nance. Widespread Panic was born the night of Todd’s first show . He and Mikey had played together in High School (maybe Junior high) and with a lucky thought, Michael tracked him down and asked him to join us – because we had a gig and needed a drummer. For thirty years Todd was the engine of the Widespread Panic. He wrote great songs, and was a giving and forgiving collaborator. T Man was the epitome of “team player.” Drove the Band and drove the van.”
The group called him “funny, adventurous, and a very kind Soul,” and wished him “Safe travels.”
Todd left the group in 2014 but returned for a few shows in 2016. After that, he left the band permanently and was replaced by Duane Trucks.