No time of death or exact location was listed but an investigator with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office said that “It appears to be a natural death,” though further examinations would be needed to determine an exact cause.
“Fat” Mike Burkett, the label’s founder and lead singer for NOFX said:
“We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
In 1989, not long after No Use For A Name’s formation, three of the key members left including the lead singer. Then came 18-year-old Tony Sly, who worked on a total of nine albums with the band plus four acoustic albums.