Metal musician Joey Jordison died peacefully in his sleep, according to his family, after suffering from transverse myelitis, a nerve disease and no cause or place of death was provided.
Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, a prolific drummer for the influential metal band during its most popular period, and a contributor to many of the band’s most well-known songs, died at the age of 46.
His family released a statement confirming his death, stating that he died peacefully in his sleep.
The statement read, “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,” Jordison’s family said.
“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 statement adds.
With grunge-era bands aging and dying, Slipknot would become one of the bands recognized with keeping hard rock alive and active in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In 2013, Jordison was fired from the band. He later explained that it was due to his neurological condition that prevented him from playing.
The Jordison family plans to hold a private funeral service.
“The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes”