Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison dies aged 46
Joey Jordison, long-time drummer with Slipknot, has died at the age of 46.
Jordison (pictured second from left), died on Monday (July 26th). His family have said he was passed away in his sleep and have not named a cause of death.
They said in a statement: "We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep. Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.”
Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and was a founding member of Slipknot along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray.
The group released a successful self-titled debut album four years later and would go on to become one of the world's biggest metal bands. Jordison played on four of the band's studio albums before departing in 2013.
Only standing at 5'3, Jordison was widely regarded as one of the world's finest drummers. As well as his work with Slipknot, Jordison would also found goth-punk band Murderdolls and performed with Rob Zombie, Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Otep, and Satyricon.
Tributes have been paid to Jordison from many bands and artists, a selection are included below:
I remember watching a live VHS of Slipknot when I was in Junior Highschool and when the arena lights went out and came on with double bass and an upside down drum set illuminating a pentagram I immediately went to Hot Topic and became a metal head. Thank you Joey Jordison! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dihOdgkQVJ— Levi Benton (@levibenton) July 28, 2021
Rest In Peace to a legend of the music world. Joey’s contributions to music changed the face of heavy music on the planet as we know it.— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) July 27, 2021
This was a true honor to stand alongside 3 people who helped form me as a musician - as a peer, for roadrunner United. pic.twitter.com/2K0NXcXFKl
Sad to hear the passing of Joey Jordison. His drumming in @slipknot inspired me as a teenager, as it did to many other drummers my age. I’d spend a lot of time jamming that first album in the school music room. RIP.— Ben Thatcher (@BenjiTalent) July 27, 2021
Shit. RIP to the brother Joey Jordison. Love you brother.— Papa Roach (@paparoach) July 27, 2021