Joey Jordison, founding member and former drummer of Slipknot, has tragically died at the age of 46.
The news of his unfortunate passing was confirmed in a statement shared by his family, stating that he passed away in his sleep on Monday (July 26th, 2021).
You can read their full statement below.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021. He was 46. Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time. The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Jordison formed Slipknot in Des Moines, Iowa in 1995 alongside percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. Prior to this, he performed in other local bands Modifidious and The Have Nots.
As a member of Slipknot, Jordison was one of the band’s primary songwriters, and performed on their first four full-length albums; 1999’s ‘Slipknot’, 2001’s ‘Iowa’, 2004’s ‘Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)’, and 2008’s ‘All Hope Is Gone’.
In 2002, after Slipknot had wrapped up the album touring cycle for ‘Iown’, Jordison formed horror punk outfit Murderdolls alongside Wednesday 13, through which they wrote and recorded two albums before disbanding in 2011.
It was also during this time that Jordison was selected as one of the four “team captains” and songwriters for Roadrunner Records‘s special 25th anniversary project, ‘Roadrunner United’, which saw artists from several bands across the label’s roster team together to create unique band line-ups and songs. That album was released in 2005.
On December 12th 2013 it was confirmed that Jordison was no longer a member of Slipknot, revealing later in 2016 that he suffered from a neurological disease called transverse myelitis, which affected his ability to perform drums towards the end of his time with Slipknot.
Following his departure from Slipknot, Jordison was a part of a handful of other projects, including The Rejects, Scar The Martyr, Vimic, and Sinsaenum.
We here at DEAD PRESS! extend our deepest sympathies to Joey Jordison‘s family, friends, and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.