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Slipknot Founding Member And Drummer Joey Jordison Has Died

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Slipknot Founding Member And Drummer Joey Jordison Has Died

Joey Jordison, founding member and ex-drummer for Slipknot, has died.

A representative for the 46-year-old's family has issued a statement (via Rolling Stone), explaining how devastated they are at the moment.

"Joey's death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow," the statement read.

"To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music.

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"The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time."

Credit: Rezter (Creative Commons)
Credit: Rezter (Creative Commons)

Joey reportedly died peacefully in his sleep, however no cause of death has yet been released.

Slipknot was formed by Jordison, percussionist Shawn Crahan, and bassist Paul Gray when they were playing under the name Meld in 1994.

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Joey suggested they switch the name to Slipknot a year later and originally recruited guitarists Donnie Steele and Josh Brainard and singer Anders Colsefni, before expanding their band to nine members.

They released Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. on Halloween in 1996.

Their performance at Ozzfest greatly helped grow their fanbase in 1999 and they released their self-titled second album to ride that wave. Just a year later, Slipknot went platinum.

They followed it up in 2001 with Iowa, which increased their following despite the album being much darker than Slipknot. Their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, cementing their place in the musical canon.

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Jordison left the band in 2013 for 'personal reasons' and later confirmed it was because of a neurological disease.

Opening up to the crowd at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016, Jordison said: "I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs.

"I couldn't play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in f**king therapy, to f**king beat this s**t."

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