Todd Nance, founding member of Widespread Panic, dies at 57

In 2014, Nance took a hiatus from the band due to undisclosed personal reasons. He briefly reunited with the band for performances in 2016, but it was announced shortly afterward that Nance would leave Widespread Panic permanently.

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Widespread Panic: John Bell (clockwise from left), John Hermann, Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance and Domingo Ortiz are photographed  in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2010.

John Bell (clockwise from left), John Hermann, Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance and Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic are photographed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2010.

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Todd Nance, afounding member of the rockbandWidespread Panic, has died. He was 57.

According toa Nance familystatement posted tothe band’s websiteandsocial media pages,the drummer died Wednesday morning in Athens, Georgia, “from sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness.”

The family said no services are currently planned, but information will be announced later about how to honor Nance’s life.

“The Nance family appreciates the love and support of all and requeststhat their privacy be honored during this hard time,” the familyconcluded.

According to an accompanying statement from his “Widespread Panic Family,” the band was born the night of Nance’s first show.

The statement recalled how Nance and fellow Widespread Panic member Michael Houser played music together as teenagers. Years later, when Houser and his band found themselvesin need of a drummer for a gig, Housertracked down Nance and asked him tojoin. Nance agreed.

“For thirty years Todd was the engine of the Widespread Panic,” read the statement.”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.”

In 2014, Nance took a hiatus from Widespread Panic due to undisclosed personal reasons. He briefly reunited with the band for performances in 2016, but it was announced shortly afterward that Nance would leave Widespread Panic permanently.

USA TODAY has reached out to a rep for Widespread Panic for further comment.

Cody Dickinson of the bandNorth Mississippi Allstars paid tribute to NanceonInstagramWednesday.

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