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Joey Jordison, Ex-Slipknot Drummer, Dead At 46

Joey Jordison, Ex-Slipknot Drummer, Dead At 46

The percussionist also performed with Murderdolls and Scar The Martyr.

Joey Jordison [Matt Bishop Photo]

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has died. He was 46. Jordison’s family released a statement following his passing.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 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 is best known as a founding member of metal giants Slipknot. He performed on the band’s 1999 self-titled debut, 2001’s Iowa, 2004’s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. Slipknot and Jordison parted ways in 2013.

Jordison was also known for performing with the punk metal outfit Murderdolls and his own band Scar The Martyr. Most recently, Jordison joined death metal act Sinsaenum. The group release their debut album in July 2016.

In 2004, Jordison famously saved the day for Metallica at Download Festival in the U.K. When drummer Lars Ulrich went to the hospital just hours before the band’s headlining set, the metal titans tapped then-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo to open the show. After Lombardo ripped through “Battery” and “The Four Horsemen,” Jordison stepped in and finished the rest of the 11-song set. Metallica and Jordison cranked out classics like “Creeping Death,” “Seek and Destroy,” “Sad But True,” and even a Misfits cover of “Last Caress.”

“He saved the day,” Download boss Andy Copping recalls.

Another testament to the greatness of Joey Jordison.