Joy Jordison He died peacefully in his sleep on Monday at the age of 46. He was pronounced dead at his home by law enforcement, who have declared that no foul play is believed to be involved, nor were any illegal drugs found at the home.
The drummer’s family released a statement that was quoted by Rolling Stone. In the statement, the family noted that he had passed away peacefully in his sleep and asked for “privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time”.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sadness,” the statement continued. “Those who knew Joey understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, vast heart, and his love for family and music. The family has asked Joy’s friends, fans and the media to respect our need for privacy and peace during this incredibly difficult time.”
Joey Jordison was born as Nathan Jonas Jordison on April 26, 1975. He was 8 when he first took up drumsticks, a move that would cement his future as a rock musician. He worked hard during his formative years and also started his first band in elementary school.
In 1995, Joey was approached to join a band called Pale Ones as their lead drummer. The band would later rename itself slipknot. Joy would continue to play with Slipknot until 2013, when the band announced that he had left for “personal reasons”. Joey responded with a statement that he was fired and that Slipknot had been his life for 18 years and would never leave it or his fans.
Joy announced in 2016 that he was suffering from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that hindered his ability to play the drums towards the end of his time with Slipknot. The illness left him without the use of his legs for some time and he needed extensive rehabilitation to be able to recover the use of his legs. He was able to recover and continue his musical career.
After leaving Slipknot, Joy continued to play drums for bands called Scar the Martyr, Vimick and Sinsenum. Although none of his other projects reached anywhere near the popularity or longevity of Slipknot, he continued to play and enjoy what he did.
As news of Joy Jordison’s death broke, the internet was flooded with well wishes from those whose lives she touched. Radio hosts, other musicians and even wrestlers took to Twitter to express grief over his passing.
Fellow metal band Anthrax posted: We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Joey Jordison. A great musician and person has left us. Sending our love to his family. tear out
Musician Levi Benton had this to say: I remember watching a live VHS of Slipknot when I was in junior high school and when the arena lights went out and the double bass came on and the one lighting up a pentagram. Inverted drum set I immediately went to Hot Topic and became a metal head. Thanks Joey Jordan! tear out.
and Pearl Drums, which Joy Jordison posted extensively during her career: Pearl Corporation extends its condolences to the friends, family and bandmates of the great Joy Jordyn.
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