Joey Jordison, founding drummer of Slipknot and co-writer of most of their biggest hits, has died on Monday.
The drummer and songwriter passed away on Monday (July 26) at the age of 46. According to a representative for the Jordison family, he died peacefully in his sleep.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. He was 46,” the family’s statement read.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” the family’s statement continued. “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.
Jordison was in Slipknot from 1995 till he left in 2013 due to “personal reasons.”
Several years later the drummer revealed that he has a neurological disease, which ultimately led to him leaving the band.
“I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called Transverse Myelitis; I lost my legs,” he shared in 2016, according to NME. “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worse 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.”