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The former drummer of the American heavy metal band Slipknot, Joey Jordison, died this Monday at the age of 46, as confirmed by his family.
In a statement, Jordison’s family said the musician “died peacefully in his sleep.”
They did not reveal the cause of his death, but said his passing leaves them “with an empty heart and a pain indescribable“.
Jordison was one of the original members of Slipknot, band founded in 1995 along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray.
The group released a successful self-titled debut album four years later.
The band sold millions of albums worldwide, achieved major chart success in the United States, and won a Grammy.
“Fierce and entertaining”
Slipknot is known for an aggressive style of music and for wearing horror masks in their performances.
Jordison was part of the group until 2013. In later years, he revealed that he dropped out of training after being diagnosed mielitis transversa, a form of multiple sclerosis.
Born Nathan Jonas Jordison in 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa, (USA), Jordison said his parents bought him his first drum set. at the age of eight.
He grew up playing music and joined a project called The Pale Ones in 1995, which would eventually become Slipknot.
Jordison also had success with other bands, including Murderdolls, and performed with other well-known bands such as Metallica, Korn, and Rob Zombie.
His death occurs just over a decade after that of the founding member Paul Gray, who died by an overdose of morphine in 2010.
Fans and musicians paid tribute to Jordison on social media following the news of his death.
Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot, posted a black photo on his social media after the news of Jordison’s death, as did Crahan.
Skunk Anansie singer, Skin, said Jordison helped form “one of the fiercest and most entertaining bands we’ve ever played with.”
On Facebook, Metallica It put “RIP, bro”, while the American rock band Papa Roach tweeted: “We love you, bro.”
Serj Tankian, of System of a Down, described him as “an incredible drummer and a fantastic guy.”
Meat Heafy, leader of the heavy metal band Orlanda Trivium, said the late drummer “changed the perception of heavy music on the planet.”
His bandmate, the drummer Alex BentHe said he was speechless at the news.
“I owe a lot to Joey Jordison and I could never imagine being where I am today without his influence,” she wrote.
“An absolute legend that changed the game not just for drums, but for metal music as a whole,” added popular metal YouTuber. Nik Nocturnal.
The singer-songwriter Frank Turner defined Jordison as an “incredible musician”.
“46 is not age [para morir]. RIP, “he posted.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.