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Joey Jordison, the former drummer of the American heavy metal band Slipknot, died at the age of 46.

Joey Jordison, the energetic drummer who helped propel the metal band Slipknot to global fame, died at the age of 46.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician, and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep. Joey’s passing has left us with a void in our hearts and unspeakable grief. Joey’s quick wit, gentle attitude, enormous heart, and passion for all things family and music were well known to those who knew him.”, his family said in a statement.

Jordison’s family stated he died peacefully in his sleep, but they didn’t reveal the cause of his death.

Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and played in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then known as the Pale Ones – in 1995. He named the band after one of their songs. Mate. Kill. Feed. Repeat. was the band’s first release, and the lineup grew to nine members for their self-titled debut album in 1999.

Jordison was a member of the band until 2013. He left after being diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a type of multiple sclerosis, in later years.

Jordison went on to form and be successful in other bands, notably Murderdolls, and eventually performed with Metallica, Korn, and Rob Zombie. Paul Gray, a founding member of the band, died of a drug overdose in 2010, and his death comes just over a decade later.

Slipknot's drummer, Joey Jordison dies aged 46

Following Jordison’s passing, fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to him on social media. System of a Down’s Serj Tankian regarded him as a “amazing drummer and a fantastic guy.”

Following the news of Jordison’s death, Slipknot’s lead vocalist, Corey Taylor, tweeted black photos to his social media pages.

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