Joey Jordison, founding member and drummer of heavy metal band Slipknot, has died aged 46

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Joey Jordison, the founding drummer of heavy metal band Slipknot, has passed away at the age of 46.

A representative for Jordison’s family told Rolling Stone magazine he died “peacefully in his sleep” on Monday.

“Joey’s death left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sadness,” his family said in a statement.

“Those who knew Joey understood his quick wit, gentle personality, giant heart, and love for all things family and music.”

Slipknot’s website and social media pages darkened after the news broke.

The group’s profile photos went black and an entirely blank post was tweeted in mourning for their former member.

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Jordison said he was “blinded” when asked to leave the group in 2013.

“I want to make it very clear that I DIDN’T STOP SLIPKNOT,” he said in a Facebook post.

“This band has been my life for the past 18 years and I would never give up on them and my fans.”

He later revealed he suffered from transverse myelitis, a rare inflammatory condition that made him unable to play the drums.

“Towards the end of my career at Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis,” he told the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016.

“I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy.

“I got up, and I ended up in the gym, and I went back to therapy to beat that fucking shit.”

Jordison’s family said there would be a private funeral service.


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