Joey Jordison, the musical legend known for being a founding member of Slipknot, has reportedly passed away. The news has been shared that Jordison died peacefully in his sleep, although a cause of death has not yet been announced. Our hearts are with Jordison’s family and friends at this time.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” his family shared in a statement. “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.”
In 2016, Jordison detailed that he had been struggling with transverse myelitis, a condition marked by the inflammation of both sides of one section of the spinal cord. He described the experience of losing the function of his legs, also commenting that it precluded him from playing drums. “It was a form of multiple sclerosis,” he shared, “which I don’t wish on my worst enemy.” It has not been confirmed whether this condition was related to Jordison’s passing.
Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, which is where he joined the group The Pale Ones, who would later come to be known as Slipknot. He was the third member to join Slipknot, who have of course gone on to become one of the most universally revered musical acts in our history. Although he parted ways with Slipknot back in December 2013, Jordison had a longstanding musical career, also playing with the Murderdolls, Scar the Martyr, Sinsaenum, Vimic, Modifidious and the Have Nots all before his tragic passing. He was also known to lend his talents to other metal groups, playing alongside Rob Zombie, Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Otep and Satyricon.