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Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison dies

By | Published on Wednesday 28 July 2021

Joey Jordison

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has died, his family announced yesterday. He was 46.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 26 Jul 2021”, reads a statement from the family. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. 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”, it goes on. “The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes”.

A founder member of Slipknot, Jordison played on the band’s first four albums. He left the group in 2013, although there was some dispute over whether or not he departed by choice or not.

He later revealed that towards the end of his time with the band he had become ill with neurological condition transverse myelitis. The condition eventually led him to lose the use of both of his legs, which he later recovered through rehabilitation.

Speaking to Metal Hammer in 2016, he said: “Toward the end of my career in Slipknot I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn’t play any more. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy”.

“I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in therapy to beat this fucking shit”, he went on. “If I can do it, you can do it. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis or anything like that, I’m living proof that you can beat that shit”.

Alongside his career in Slipknot, Jordison also formed the band Murderdolls in 2002, serving as guitarist. The band split in 2011. Following his departure from Slipknot, he subsequently played in the bands Scar The Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum. He also worked in various capacities with other artists, including Otep, Three Inches Of Blood and Rob Zombie.