Joey Jordison passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday at the age of 46. He was pronounced dead at his home by law enforcement officials, who have announced no malicious intent and no illegal drugs were found in the home.
The drummer’s family released a statement quoted by Rolling Stone. In the statement, the family noted that he had passed away peacefully in his sleep and asked for “privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time”.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sadness,” the statement continued. “For those who knew Joey, his quick wit, gentle personality, giant heart and love for all things family and music understood. Joey’s family has asked friends, fans and media to understand our need for privacy and respecting peace at this incredibly difficult time.”
Joey Jordison was born Nathan Jonas Jordison on April 26, 1975. He was 8 years old when he first picked up the drumsticks, a move that would cement his future as a rock musician. He practiced hard during his formative years and even started his first band in elementary school.
In 1995, Joey was approached to join a band called The Pale Ones as their main drummer. The band would later rename themselves as slip knot. Joey would continue to play with Slipknot until 2013 when the band announced that he had left for “personal reasons”. Joey responded with a statement that he was fired and that Slipknot had been his life for 18 years and that he or his fans would never let it down.
Joey announced in 2016 that he was suffering from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that had hampered his ability to play the drums towards the end of his time with Slipknot. Due to the illness, he was unable to use his legs for a while and had to undergo extensive rehabilitation to be able to use his legs again. He was able to recover and continue his music career.
After leaving Slipknot, Joey continued to play drums for bands called Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum. While none of his other projects came close to Slipknot’s popularity or longevity, he continued to play and enjoy what he was doing.
When the news of Joey Jordison’s death broke, the internet was flooded with good wishes from people whose lives he had touched. Radio hosts, other musicians and even wrestlers reached out on Twitter to express their grief over his passing.
Fellow metal band Anthrax posted: We are saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Joey Jordison. A great musician and human being has left us. We send our love to his family. REST IN PEACE.
Musician Levi Benton had this to say: I remember watching a live VHS of Slipknot when I was in Junior High School and when the lights of the arena went out and came on with double bass and an upside down drum set illuminating a pentagram, I went straight to Hot Topic and became a metal head. Thanks Joey Jordison! REST IN PEACE.
And Pearl Drums, which Joey Jordison used extensively throughout his career, posted: Pearl Corporation extends its condolences to the friends, family and band members of the legendary Joey Jordison.
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