How did Joey Jordison die? Slipknot drummer, 46, earlier suffered neurological disorder

Apart from being one of the top drummers in the world, Joey Jordison also acted as a co-songwriter for Slipknot and was a guitarist for Murderdolls

                            How did Joey Jordison die? Slipknot drummer, 46, earlier suffered neurological disorder
Drummer Joey Jordison of heavy metal band Slipknot (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Known for wearing the Japanese "kabuki" mask with black and red paint, the former drummer and the co-founder of heavy metal band Slipknot, Joey Jordison, died on Monday, July 26. The cause of his death was not immediately disclosed but according to the official statement released by his family, he died “peacefully in his sleep”. He was 46.

Apart from being one of the top drummers in the world, Jordison also acted as a co-songwriter for Slipknot and also performed as a guitarist for the horror punk band Murderdolls. Jordison was one of the core founding members of Slipknot in 1995 and stayed with the band until his departure in 2013. Known for his aggressive drumming style, Jordison played in Slipknot from their demo, 1996’s ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat’, through their fourth studio album ‘All Hope Is Gone’ released in 2008. Speaking of drummers, last year we lost skilled artistes like Neil Peart of Rush  and Jimmy Cobb whereas, most recently, the news of metal church singer Mike Howe’s death also made it to the headlines.

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How did Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison die?

Releasing an official statement, Jordison's family shared, “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021. He was 46. Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.” The statement, as reported by Variety, further read, “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.”

To pay tribute to their former member, the official Twitter account of Slipknot shared a black photo whereas, the legendary metal band Metallica took to their Facebook account to pay their last respects. The band shared a throwback picture of the late drummer and captioned the post as “R.I.P. Brother...” Jordison also suffered from a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis since 2010. According to Pitchfork, his condition worsened around the time he was fired from the band saying, “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.” Slipknot’s another core member Paul Gray died in 2010 after a reported overdose.




‘The best goddamn metal drummer ever. RIP’

Tributes poured in for Jordison as soon as the devastating news hit the internet. One musician close to the drummer stated, “Absolutely shocked & gutted to hear of the passing of @joeyjordison In addition to being an incredible drummer, he was always a classy guy. When he heard how much of a fan @MaxPortnoy_ was, he sent to the house a giant box filled with @slipknot swag: shirts, hoodies, backpacks…”  Another user said, “Rest in peace to an incredible drummer, we will miss you joey. you’re still #1. #Slipknot.”
One user tweeted, “RIP Joey Jordison. He was the reason i got into slipknot, without him i wouldnt be surrounded by the people i love most. youre an inspiration to me and many others. we miss you joey.” Whereas, another posted, “Rest in peace Joey Jordison. Seeing another founding members of Slipknot pass away hurts bad. That band means so much to myself and others. Thank you for being apart of my life growing up with your music.” The next one shared, “Jesus I just learned the news of original Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison passing away at age 46. Gone way too f**king soon. The best goddamn metal drummer ever. RIP.” One concluded, “Everything great that Slipknot did, and they've done a lot of great things, emanated from behind that drum kit. Joey Jordison was a 5'3 ball of fury and energy. RIP to one of the best to have ever done it.”