Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot, dies in his sleep aged 46

Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot, dies in his sleep aged 46
Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot, dies in his sleep aged 46
Joey Jordison dies at 46: Former drummer for Slipknot passes away in his sleep leaving his devastated family grappling with 'indescribable sorrow'

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Joey Jordison, who was a founding member of the band Slipknot and shot to fame as their drummer, has died.

His family announced in a statement quoted by Rolling Stone that he passed on in his sleep this Monday at the age of 46.

The cause of death has not been announced and the statement included a request for 'privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.'

Dearly departed: Joey Jordison, who was a founding member of the band Slipknot and shot to fame as their drummer, has died; pictured performing with the band in London in 2008

Dearly departed: Joey Jordison, who was a founding member of the band Slipknot and shot to fame as their drummer, has died; pictured performing with the band in London in 2008

'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 statement 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.' 

Born Nathan Jonas Jordison, young Joey grew up in rural Iowa and began playing drums when he was just eight years old.

He was 20 when in 1995 when he became one of the founding members of Slipknot alongside Shawn 'Clown' Crahan and Paul 'the Pig' Gray.

Pictured in 2013: His family announced in a statement quoted by Rolling Stone that he passed on in his sleep this Monday at the age of 46

Pictured in 2013: His family announced in a statement quoted by

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