Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali Dead At 68

QUIET RIOT‘s Frankie Banali has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The drummer passed away last night (Thursday, August 20) at the age of 68.

Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation of a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.

Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals, all of whom are family. He was a longtime advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Aspca.org, Pancan.org, or Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.

Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.

Banali was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after going to the emergency room for shortness of breath, leg pain, and loss of energy. A scan of his lungs caught an image of his liver, which is where the first spots were seen. Then came the discovery of a tumor on his pancreas.

He had been in treatment since the spring of last year and recently completed his 21st round of chemotherapy with the hopes of shrinking or controlling the cancer.

5 thoughts on “Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali Dead At 68

  1. I am so sad to hear that the Rock world has lost another icon. Frankie sure had a great run with Quiet Riot since their existence. That was his band. There will never be another Quiet Riot Band. Stay strong Rudy and Carlos and God bless you both for one of my favorite Rock bands ever.

  2. We’re going to miss you Frankie God has blessed you for a long time and will continue to bless your music forever and ever amen your fans will never forget your awesome drum licks with Quiet Riot I grew up as a teenager listening to my album and I were that thing slap out one of my favorite all-time albums from back in the early 80s. Do the family may you be blessed with his good fortune and love for animals and music God bless

  3. I was very sad to hear this,he was an awesome drummer and such a lovely guy,was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times at NAMMS.R.I.P. Brother.

  4. So sad to hear this,he was an awesome drummer and a such a lovely guy,was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times at NAMMS,R.I.P. Brother🕊

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