Joey Jordison, the founding member and drummer for the popular metal band Slipknot, passed away at the age of 46.
The news of Joey’s death was revealed by his family. The influential drummer died in his sleep on Monday, the cause of death has not been revealed.
Jordison’s family said in statement, “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep. Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.”
“To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time. The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes,” said Joey’s family.
Born in 1975, Jordison, along with other members, found the metal band Slipknot in 1995, which earlier was a local band called “Pale Ones.” Eventually, Slipknot became one of the most influential and successful bands of late-’90s/early-2000s nu-metal explosion, winning a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “Before I Forget” in 2006.
Later in 2016, Jordi revealed that he had been diagnose with a neurological disease transverse myelitis, due to which, he was temporarily unable to use his left leg or play drums during the end of his run with Slipknot. Then in 2018, the drummer announced full recovery from the disease.
This has been a big loss for the metal world. Before Jordi, the lead singer of Metal Church Mike Howe also passed away at the age of 55.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne took it to Twitter to remember the legend on his demise. Sharing a picture, Ozzy wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of @JoeyJordison. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.”
Meanwhile, one of Joey’s fans, who apparently was influenced by the drummer into music grieved for her idol, “Joey Jordison was a massive influence on me and everything ive done with music. Rest in peace joey, rock on forever.”