Frankie Rex, a rising transgender singer and part of the alternative group The FMs, passed away on May 11 2022. They were 37 years old.
Their death was announced on May 17 by bandmate Matte Namer on their official website and social media platforms. Namer stated that Rex died as a result of “apparent fentanyl poisoning” while at their home in Ithaca, New York, with their spouse.
Namer also stated that Rex’s death would signal the end of The FMs for the time being, calling it a “wonderful dream we had to wake up from far too soon,” before adding that the duo had recorded at least two albums worth of material that they planned to share with the world at a later date. “We believe it is now our responsibility to share these.”
Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, Rex was well-known in New York City’s alternative-punk scene, having been a part of various rock ensembles, including queer-punk trio BOYS and stoner punk band The Violent Orange.