The singer was working on his second solo album at the time of his death. Dane apparently suffered a heart attack during the night and could not be revived. He was 56 years old.
Sanctuary released four studio albums and one live EP. Nevermore released seven studio albums. Both bands were critically acclaimed.
Dane was trained for five years as an opera singer and utilized a very broad vocal range, spanning from notes as low as the G♯ below low C, or G♯1, to notes as high as the B♭ below soprano C, or B♭5. While his high head voice style vocals were much more prominent in the older Sanctuary albums, there were instances where he utilized it in Nevermore as well. Sanctuary’s 2014 comeback album The Year the Sun Died includes these higher passages on three songs.
Dane also provided the voice of Candynose Twinskins in the musical comedy Metalocalypse on Adult Swim.