Slipknot co -founder and former drummer, Joey Jordison has died aged 46. A statement from his family confirmed Jordison’s death:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021. He was 46,” the statement reads. “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.”
TMZ reports that law enforcement have ruled out foul play and say that no illegal drugs were found in the drummer’s home.
Jordison was one of the founding members of Slipknot in 1995 and remained with the band until December 2013, when he was forced to leave due to the effects of transverse myelitis. The illness cost him the use of his left leg, preventing him from drumming although he eventually recovered after significant therapy.
In 2002 Jordison co-founded The Murderdolls, releasing an EP and an album before returning to work on Slipknot. The side project was briefly revived in 2010.
Joridson went on to form Sinsaenum in 2016 releasing the album Echoes Of The Tortured that year and Repulsion of Humanity in 2018.
Joey also was renowned as a stand in drummer, filling in for Lars Ulrich at Download 2004, and also touring with Satyricon, Korn, Ministry and Rob Zombie when their regular drummers were unavailable or left at short notice.