Pantera: "We lost a friend today. Dave Williams of Drowning Pool was found dead this morning. Our condolences go out to the Williams family and the Drowning Pool family. R.I.P Dave … You will be missed!" (Pantera's Diamond Darrell gave Williams his nickname, Stage.)
Sevendust's John Connolly: "This might be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, so please bear with me. As close as my wife Lori and I were to Dave, it felt like we were the last two to find out. I just hadn't been checking my voicemails yesterday, but when I did, I could tell by the sound in Mike's [Luce] voice it was bad. I don't really know much about what happened exactly, but I do know that the guy it happened to was one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not sure if there has ever been a person who was loved by so many people. Heart is not even a good enough word to describe Dave. To say he will be missed is a tremendous understatement because he was like the brother I never had. All Dave really wanted to do in this life was to be in a platinum-selling band and tour the world, but not because he wanted to be the rock star. He got to hang out with the people he considered his heroes, and in turn became one of the best frontmen I've ever seen. Please say a prayer for his family and Mike, CJ, and Stevie and anyone else who knew him like I did. Our hearts go out to all of you on the Ozzfest as well. Even though Dave would want the show to go on, I'm sure for a lot of you it's probably the last thing you want to do. Somewhere out there Dave is probably having a shot with Lynn, and he's doing his best Sebastian Bach imitation, and you know what, Lynn's got a smile on his face."
Coal Chamber's Dez Fafara: "He was one of the most kindest, gentlest, nicest people I've ever known. He will be missed by all of us that knew him, and even those that did not."
Poison's Bret Michaels: "I was devastated to hear the news. They were on their way to our show in Roanoke tonight. He was such a great singer and a great friend -- a good soul. I will really miss him."
Hatebreed: "Today we lost a friend. We would like to send out condolences to Dave's family, friends, and the rest of the guys in Drowning Pool."
Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society: "Our condolences to the Drowning Pool and Williams families."
Otep: "The band is shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Dave was a friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, bandmates, to all of his fans. ... The world is a much darker place without him here. Dave, forgive our tears. You are missed."
Lostprophets' Mike Lewis: "We found out that Dave from Drowning Pool was found dead in his bus, which was like 40/50 yards from the pool. It was fucking harsh. I can't even begin to imagine how those guys feel, so I'm not even gonna go into it ... but I/we were stunned to say the least. Condolences go out to everyone who knew him"
Chimaira: "Dave's lyrics for the chorus of the song 'Tear Away' were far from the truth. The little time we got to spend with Dave was very memorable. It is not often a band of that size has the time, or the inclination to mingle with smaller bands like us, but Dave went out of his way to make sure we were not only taken care of, but he spent his down time hanging out with us. Dave was one of the coolest and friendliest bright stars we have ever encountered. He will be missed and never forgotten. Our hearts go out to Dave's family and the rest of the Drowning Pool camp."
Chris Vrenna, who remixed "Bodies" for XXX soundtrack: "I'm saddened by the loss of someone so young. I feel honored that I got an opportunity to work with them. My thoughts go out to his bandmates, family, and friends."
-- Kevin Raub