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Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot Drummer, Dead at 68

by Caroline Bynum
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Frankie Banali, rock and rock drummer, passed away Thursday night after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

In a statement given to USA Today, his wife, Regina Banali, said, “He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could.”

The rocker outlived his original life expectancy by ten months. Regina Banali told USA Today that doctors had originally given him six months to live when he received his diagnosis in April 2019.

According to the Quiet Riot website, Frankie Banali “began in 1982 and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s Metal Health through 2006’s Rehab” The band’s homepage has a link to a GoFundMe for Banali‘s medical expenses. It has raised over $47,000, far surpassing its original goal of $40,000. The page continues to receive donations, even after his passing.

In 2017, the band posted a throwback photo captured by a fan, showing a young Banali behind the drums.


The musician’s last public social media interaction was three days before his death. On August 17, he retweeted a fan’s post that reads, “Stay strong brother, you can do this!”