Joey Jordison, the original drummer and one of the founding members of the aggressive rock band Slipknot has died at the age of 46. The family released a statement regarding his death stating that he died “peacefully in his sleep”. The cause of death was not disclosed by the family.

The statement said “we are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician, and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on 26th July, 2021, he was 46”

The family of the late drummer requested the fans, media, and friends to respect their privacy and peace in these difficult times. The statement further stated that Joey’s death leaves behind empty hearts of indescribable sorrow. He was a witty person with an extremely big heart and a gentle persona. He will be missed by the family for the human being he was and for the music he delivered to the world.

Joey Jordison formed the hard rock band Slipknot as a drummer along with Paul Gray as the bassist and Shawn Crahan. The band made its debut in December 1995 and released its first album “Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat” in 1996.

The band quickly rose to stardom with their debut album and became one of the biggest hard rock bands in the world by the early 2000s. Slipknot won its first Grammy in 2006 amidst internal feuds and problems. After Paul Gray’s death in 2010 due to an overdose, the problems exacerbated and the band dismantled with Joey Jordison being fired in 2013, only to be replaced by a new drummer.

Jordison revealed in a later interview that he never quit the band, as was officially quoted by the band representatives, in fact, he was fired leaving him “blindsided” and “shocked.” He also stated that he had been suffering from a neurological disorder that affected his drumming, although he did continue to play drums.

Joey Jordison, later on, joined the band Sinsaenum and continued to play with it till his death. He also formed another rock band called Scar the Martyn but it did not prove to be as successful as Slipknot and faded away into ashes shortly after.