Rascal Flatts' bassist, Jay DeMarcus, is mourning the loss of his father, Stanley Wayne DeMarcus, known as "Wayno" to most. The musician turned to social media to share the heartbreaking news of his passing on Thursday (October 29).
"I lost my musical hero and Father this morning," he wrote. "Known as 'Wayno' to most, he impacted everyone around him, and he was bigger than life to me. I could never explain in just a few words how important the musical bond was that we shared-it meant everything to me."
He went on to thank his late father for teaching him how to play and always encouraging him to do his best. He wrote, "He taught me how to play, pushed me to be the best I could be, and I could not be more grateful for the time spent with him on the stage, and off."
"I have a lifetime of memories that will now be my comfort, as I face this life now without him," he continued. "Rest In Peace my precious Dad, I was always proud to be called your son, and I will miss you forever. Enjoy Heaven, you’ve earned it..."
DeMarcus' wife, Allison DeMarcus, also turned to social media to tribute her father-in-law. "We will always cherish the memories we have had with our fathers. Dads are a girl’s first love and a boy’s first hero," she wrote in the caption. "Jay’s daddy, Wayne-O, left an incredible mark on everyone he encountered. We are thankful for the outpouring of love from everyone during this time of loss for Jay and our entire family. 💙"
At this time, no further details on Stanley Wayne DeMarcus' life or death have been shared. Our thoughts and prayer are with the DeMarcus family.
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