James Woolley, Nine Inch Nails keyboardist from 1991-1994, died over the weekend at the age of 50.
Wooley’s former wife, Kate Van Buren, announced his passing on Facebook, but stated the cause is yet unknown.
“James passed away this weekend. I wanted our friends to know so you can please keep Brendan, Mary and Anne, the Woolley family and all his loved ones in your prayers,” Van Buren wrote on Facebook.
Woolley joined the band, whch was founded by Trent Reznor in 1991, after replacing Lee Mars on keyboards. He was with Nine Inch Nails during their Lollapalooza tour in 1991 and for the start of their 1994 Self Destruct tour. At the same time, Woolley chipped in on Sister Machine Gun’s album “Torture Technique.”
The keyboardist contributed to Nine Inch Nail’s 1994 album “The Downward Spiral,” which is considered one of the best in the band’s discography. He also can be spotted in the band’s music videos for “Wish” and “March of the Pigs.”
“James worked hard and played hard with NIN. He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn’t as easy to do as playing guitar or drums. Those years were truly magical and quite an adventure,” Van Buren wrote.
When he left the band in 1994, Woolley toured with Rob Halford’s band 2wo and later made music with his own group called V.O.I.D.