Joey Jordison death: Slipknot drummer and founding member dies aged 46

Joey Jordison, who co-founded and drummed for the popular, Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot and also played guitar for the L.A. horror punk act Murderdolls, has died. He was 46. His family said today that he died Monday in his sleep but did not provide other details.

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” the family’s statement reads. “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.”

Slipknot exploded onto the national metal scene in 1999 with its eponymous double-platinum debut album on Roadrunner Records. Slipknot peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard 200, but the band’s wild live act drove its popularity. Sonically aggressive and visually striking, with its members sporting nightmare-like masks, the group from Des Moines, IA, played the second stage at Ozzfest in 1999 and headlined the touring Tattoo the Earth festival the following summer. It was second-billed behind Black Sabbath on the 2001 Ozzfest jaunt.

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