Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and co-writer of many of their biggest hits, died yesterday at the age of 46. A rep for his family said he died peacefully in his sleep but did not specify a cause of death.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” reads a statement from Jordison’s family. “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 intends to hold a private funeral service.
Jordison began his career with a group of Des Moines, Iowa metalheads who called themselves the Pale Ones. He suggested they change their name to Slipknot in 1995. The band’s lineup quickly expanded to nine members who wore fabulously freaky masks, and “fused metal and rap aggression in a way that placed them at the vanguard of the nu-metal explosion” (says Rolling Stone)
Jordison’s neck-rattling rhythms and death-metal blastbeats were a crucial ingredient to the band’s sudden success
Joey left the band in 2013, later revealing it was due to a neurological disease he had.
“I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs,” he told the audience at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016, according to NME. “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit.” At the time, he said he was rededicating himself to music with a new band called Vimic.
Before Jordison’s departure, Slipknot earned three top 10s on the Billboard 200, including one No. 1 in All Hope Is Gone (Sept. 13, 2008). That album also ruled the Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. With Jordison, Slipknot also claimed four top 10s on Mainstream Rock Airplay, paced by a No. 2 with “Snuff” in March 2010.
Rest in Power, Joey Jordison.
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Related: Mike Howe of Metal Church also passed away today. Sad day for metal fans.