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Joey Jordison, former drummer of Slipknot, has died aged 46

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  • Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison died in his sleep at 46, his family said.

  • Jordison was one of the founding members of the band in 1995.

  • He left the band in 2013, and later said he had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis.

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

He was one of the band's founding members.

A statement from Jordison's family, published by Billboard, said he died in his sleep on Monday. It did not give a cause of death.

"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," the statement said.

"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 joined the band in 1995 and left in 2013. He later revealed that he had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis.

He was a founding member of the band, alongside percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. Gray died of a drug overdose in an Iowa motel in May 2010.

Crahan shared a black square on Twitter on Wednesday.

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