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Widespread Panic Founder Todd Nance Passes Away

Todd Nance, the co-founder and drummer for the jam band Widespread Panic has passed away.

Nance founded the band in 1986 with John Bell, Dave Schools, and Michael Houser. He remained with the band for three decades until he departed Widespread Panic in 2016. Widespread Panic developed a huge following on the jam band circuit for the fusion of Southern Rock, Blues, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, and Funk. Widespread Panic was also famous for its live concerts.

Following Nance’s departure from Widespread Panic, he was replaced by Duane Trucks.

Nance is the second of the co-founders of Widespread Panic to pass away. Michael Houser passed away in 2002 due to pancreatic cancer.

The following is a statement from the Nance family:

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. There are no services being 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 following is a statement from Widespread Panic:

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 music 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, but 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 a “team player.” Drove the Band and drove the van.

Funny, adventurous, and a very kind Soul, we wish Todd and his Family peace during this sad time after so many happy times.

Safe travels, Brother Todd.

With Love, the Boys and Girls of Widespread Panic

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