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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 26: Drummer Joey Jordison of heavy metal band Slipknot performs on stage in concert at Acer Arena on October 26, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

Former Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, has died at the age of 46.

A statement from his family says, “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 was a founding member of Slipknot and left the band in December of 2013. He was replaced by Jay Weinberg, the son of Max Weinberg, the drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Jordison was also the guitarist in the band the Murderdolls. Jordison performed on Slipknot’s first four studio albums, 1999’s Slipknot, 2001’s Iowa, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.