Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has passed away 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 prolific drummer, musician and artist Joey Jordison passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021,” the statement read. “Joey’s death left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sadness. For those who knew Joey, understood his quick wit, gentle personality, giant heart and love for all things family and life. music.”
The statement continued, “Joey’s family have asked that friends, fans and the media naturally respect our need for privacy and peace during this incredibly difficult time. The family will be hosting a private funeral service and are 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 native Iowa in 1995 with Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray, Billboard reports. In 2013, the group announced that they would be “going their separate ways” with Jordison.
The group cited “personal reasons” as the reason for the split, but said the decision was made “with great pain but silent respect” – although Jordison later said in interviews that he was dismissed.
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“No group reunion? None. Nothing from management? No, nothing,” he told Metal Hammer in 2016. All his life at f-king creating. “
Also in 2016, the musician revealed that his release from Slipknot was accompanied by a condition called transverse myelitis – “inflammation on both sides of a section of the spinal cord,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Jordison claimed his group mates confused his medical issues with drug addiction.
“I couldn’t perform anymore,” he said on stage at the 2016 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. “It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I didn’t wish on my worst enemy.”
While at Slipknot, the metal band topped the rock charts and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “All Hope Is Gone” in 2008.
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Throughout his career, Jordison has also performed with the groups Murderdolls, Scar the Martyr and Sinsaenum.
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Fox News has reached out to representatives for Slipknot for comment.
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