Frankie Rex was a rising transgender singer and half of the alternative group The FMs, In 2017, they released their debut album, Machinacene Epoch.
The FMs had their most successful year to date in 2021 when they released a succession of tracks that drew more public attention. With “Song X” and its accompanying video made by established music video director Matt Mahurin, the band’s streams reached new highs, reaching 100,000 on Spotify.
Rex was well-known in New York City’s alternative-punk scene, having been a member of several rock bands, including queer-punk trio BOYS and stoner punk band The Violent Orange in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
How Did Frankie Rex Die?
Frankie Rex passed away on May 11, 2022, due to an apparent fentanyl poisoning. Their death was announced by bandmate Mate Namer on May 17 2022 on Instagram.
Namer also stated that Rex’s death would be 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 now feel it is our responsibility to share these artistic efforts with the world and find beautiful ways to honour Frankie’s memory”.