Jeff Ward made regular appearances in several industrial groups based around Chicago during the early nineties, like Ministry, Lard, and Nine Inch Nails (as a live drummer). Ward was a close friend of Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen and became involved in many of the musical projects formed by Jourgensen and co.
Jeff Ward's first major appearance was on the "Stainless Steel Providers" EP by the Revolting Cocks. After touring for a few months with them, he left the band and continued with Nine Inch Nails, replacing Chris Vrenna who had temporarily left to join Stabbing Westward.
Soon afterwards, Jeff Ward joined Lard, an industrial band featuring Al Jourgensen (again) and Dead Kennedys bandleader Jello Biafra. Besides Lard Ward also appeared with a number of other (shortlived) bands.
Tragically, Ward had become addicted to heroin during the early nineties. It turned out to be a habit he found impossible to break. Sadly enough his addiction became too much to bear. On March 19, 1993 Jeff Ward committed suicide. Jeff Ward died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 30.