Rest in Peace, Joey Jordison: Slipknot Founding Member/Longtime Drummer Dies at 46

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Drummer Joey Jordison, one of the founding members of Iowa-based metal band Slipknot, has passed away at the age of 46, it was announced by his family in a statement shared on Tuesday and reported by outlets including Metal Injection and Blabbermouth. The statement:

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 central figure in the band’s formation and remained in the role behind the kit until being dismissed from the group in 2013, with Jay Weinberg taking over from that point forward.

News of his passing spread on social media, with accounts pertaining to the band — including Slipknot’s official page and the pages of vocalist Corey Taylor and band co-founder/percussionist Shawn Crahan, aka “Clown,” posting a solid black image as a moment of silence:


After his departure from Slipknot, Jordison revealed that he had been dealing with transverse myelitis that includes inflammation of the spinal cord, a neurological disease that significantly affected his ability to play drums.

In June 2020, Jordison reflected on the 20th anniversary of Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled debut with a post on social media, commenting that the album “was & will always be some of the absolute best memories of my life.”


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Blabbermouth recapped a bit of Jordison’s departure from Slipknot — which wasn’t amicable — noting that Jordison would later speak with praise regarding the band’s later material:

Despite the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from SLIPKNOT, Jordison praised the band’s 2014 album “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which featured his replacement, Jay Weinberg, as well as new bassist Alessandro Venturella. He said: “I listened to the whole record multiple times. And I think it’s great. It’s fucking cool and I’m glad they moved on.”

Back in 2014, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was “one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Joey is “in a place in his life” which is “not where we are.”

In addition to his work with Slipknot, which began with 1996’s Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat and concluded with 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, Jordison had many other projects, including the Murderdolls, Roadrunner United, The Rejects, Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum.

May Joey Jordison rest in peace.

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