Founding Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has died at 46. His family has confirmed that he passed away “peacefully in his sleep” on Monday.
"Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” a statement from Joey’s family reads. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.”
Joey formed Slipknot in Iowa back in 1995 with Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray.
In 2013, the band announced they were parting ways with the drummer… a decision Joey later claimed was made without much input from him, although he was having trouble playing because of his battle with a neurological disorder similar to multiple sclerosis.
- So far, Slipknot hasn't officially commented on the loss, although they have posted black squares to Twitter and Instagram.
- Over the course of his career, Joey played with several bands including Korn, Rob Zombie, and Metallica. Speaking to “TMZ,” Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer says he’s in shock over the “very sad” loss, calling Joey an “amazing drummer” “warrior” who had a huge passion for music.