Joey Jordison, the founding drummer of the multi-platinum Iowa metal band Slipknot, has passed away at the age of 46. A cause of death has not yet been released.
“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,” a statement from his family reads.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” continues the message. “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 met founding Slipknot members Paul Grey and Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan while working at a gas station in Des Moines. Jordison was the member who suggested changing the band’s name from The Pale Ones to Slipknot, after the band’s song of the same name.
The musician held down the band’s numerous percussive elements, playing the full drum kit while Crahan and fellow percussionist Chris Fehn played improvised setups which included oil drums and other improvised materials.
Jordison’s drumming style was fast, aggressive, and precise, owing as much to blast-beat death metal styles as to his fondness for prog-rock bands like Rush and traditional heavy metal bands like Kiss. The drummer played on the band’s highest-selling recordings, appearing on every one of the band’s releases from their 1999 self-titled debut through 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.
Jordison was fired from the band in 2013 and later clarified that he left the band due to a diagnosis of Transverse myelitis, which affected his ability to play the drums.
“I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs,” NME reported Jordison as telling an audience in 2016. “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit.”
He later joined metal bands Vimic and Sinsaenum to compile an explosive repertoire of influential acts.