Slipknot’s former drummer, Joey Jordison passed away in his sleep on July 26 2021 at the age of 46.
Born Nathan Jonas Jordison in 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa he started playing the drums at the age of eight and founded the band, pales Ones in 1995 which evolved into Slipknot.
His family did not give the cause of his death, however, it is known he had suffered from transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis for several years.
Slipknot found fame in the early noughties as part of the Alternative Metal and Nu Metal scenes which gained mainstream attention with their music videos in regular circulation on MTV, VH1, and Scuzz. The band won a Grammy award and had several chart-topping albums throughout his lifetime.
He left Slipknot in 2013 and was replaced by current drummer, Jay Weinberg.
Vocalist, Corey Taylor posted black images on his twitter page after hearing of Jordison’s death, as did fellow founding member Shawn Crahan.
“One of the most ferocious and entertaining bands we ever played with. What a drummer! Rock has lost another legend. #joeyjordison #slipknot.” Skunk Anansie’s vocalist, Skin wrote on Twitter.
Metallica wrote “RIP brother” on Facebook – Jordison had played several live shows with them including Download festival in 2004 where he filled in for Lars Ulrich.
Jordison is the second member of Slipknot to pass away following the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.
Alongside Slipknot, Jordison founded the horror punk band, Murderdolls with Wednesday 13 in 2002 where he played guitar and sang backing vocals.
He was voted the best drummer of the last 25 years by readers of Rhythm magazine in August 2010 and was honored with a Golden God Award from Metal Hammer in 2016.
Other musical ventures included Roadrunner United, The Rejects and Scar the Martyr.