Joey Jordison, founding Slipknot drummer and guitarist for Murderdolls, dies at 46

Jordison’s family said he passed away peacefully in his sleep from an undisclosed illness.

Joey Jordison onstage

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Joey Jordison, the founding drummer of Slipknot and guitarist for Murderdolls, has died at the age of 46.

According to a statement from Jordison’s family [via Billboard] the musician died “peacefully in his sleep” on Monday (26 July) from an undisclosed illness.

“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.”

It added: “The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”

Jordison, alongside percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray, founded Slipknot in 1995 in Des Moine, Iowa. He was a member of the band up until 2013.

In 2016, Jordison revealed he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis which took away his ability to perform properly toward the end of his career with Slipknot.

“I lost my legs,” he said onstage at the 2016 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards [via NME]. “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy.”

Despite his illness, Jordison continued drumming that same year with Sinsaenum, a blackened death metal supergroup featuring vocalists Attila Csihar (Mayhem) and Sean Zatorsky (Dååth), guitarists Frédéric Leclercq (ex-DragonForce) and Stéphane Buriez, and bassist Heimoth (Seth). The band released two albums and three EPs between 2016 and 2018.

Jordison also founded and played guitar in the glam horror-punk outfit Murderdolls, which released two studio albums.

On social media, Jordison’s fans and peers have shared messages to remember the musician and his contributions to music.

R.I.P. brother…

Posted by Metallica on Tuesday, July 27, 2021


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