Joey Jordison, the former drummer for Slipknot, has died at the age of 46.
The musician’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement to Billboard.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist, died peacefully asleep on July 26, 2021,” the statement said. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable grief. For those who knew Joey, he understood his quick humor, his gentle personality, huge heart and his love for everything family and music did.”
The statement continued: “Joey’s family has asked that friends, fans and the media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time. The family is holding a private funeral service and is asking the media and the public to respect their wishes.”
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There was no mention of Jordison’s cause of death.
The drummer helped form Slipknot in his home state of Iowa in 1995 with Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray, reports Billboard. In 2013, the band announced that they would “part ways” with Jordison.
The band cited “personal reasons” as the cause of the split, but said the decision was made “with great pain but quiet respect” – though Jordison later in interviews said he was fired.
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“No band meeting? None. Anything from the management? No, nothing,” he told Metal Hammer in 2016. “All I got was a stupid email saying I was out of the band, that I beat my a – my whole life to create king. “
Also in 2016, the musician revealed that his exit from Slipknot came along with him becoming ill with a disease called transverse myelitis – “an inflammation on both sides of a section of the spinal cord” according to the Mayo Clinic. Jordison claimed that his bandmates confused his medical problems as substance abuse.
“I couldn’t play anymore,” he said on stage at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016. “It was a kind of multiple sclerosis that I did not want my worst enemy.”
During his time at Slipknot, the metal band topped the rock charts and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “All Hope Is Gone” in 2008.
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During his career, Jordison also played with bands Murderdolls, Scar the Martyr and Sinsaenum.
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