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4 April 1963|
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
|Died||1 April 1992(aged 28)|
|Genres||Punk rock, gothic rock|
|Associated acts||The Cult, Death Cult, Theatre of Hate, Sex Gang Children, the Baby Snakes, the Gun Club|
Nigel Preston (4 April 1963, Birmingham, England, – 1 April 1992) was a British drummer. He was a founding member of the Cult. He also played and recorded with Theatre of Hate, Sex Gang Children, the Baby Snakes, the Gun Club and DeLuca.
He played on Sex Gang's 1983 single "Mauritia Mayer," then switched places with Death Cult's drummer Ray Mondo that September.
His biggest hit was "She Sells Sanctuary" by the Cult from their Love album. Recorded in March 1985, the song was released as their fourth single and hit No. 15 in the UK charts. It re-entered the charts at No. 56 in September 1986, spending 14 consecutive weeks on the charts. The song was later voted No. 18 in VH1's Indie 100. Preston refused to accept being put on wages after the song became a hit, and his bandmates believed him to be unreliable due to drugs, leading to his departure from the band in June 1985.
Preston died of a drug overdose on 1 April 1992, three days before his 29th birthday.