Joey Jordison, Founder and Drummer of Slipknot, Dead at 46

by Megan Molseed

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has died at the age of 46. The shocking news came after Jordison’s family made a statement Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the family said the drummer died peacefully in his sleep. A cause of death has not yet been released.

“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,” Jordison’s family said in a statement to Billboard this morning. “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 went on to note that the longtime rocker spent his life doing exactly what he loved to do.

Slipknot: Founded In the Heart Of Iowa

Jordison formed the Des Moines, Iowa-based group in 1995 along with Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray. The band stood out in the midwest with its hardcore music and wild shows. Slipknot quickly found a following touring throughout the country and becoming a favorite among fans of the metal genre.

Slipknot’s self-titled debut album hit stores in 1999. That same year, Slipknot found a placement on the popular Ozzfest lineup. This exposure greatly increased the heavy metal band’s audience. This success led to newfound popularity as their self-titled album prepared for a June 1999 release.

Many of the band’s singles did find quite a bit of airplay, however, much of Slipknot’s popularity remained within the genre. Much of their fame is a result of regular touring and word-of-mouth. Then, in 2000, Slipknot went global, touring multiple countries to promote the album. The band’s debut album ended up going platinum not long after.

The band’s second album was a nod to their roots. Released in August 2001, the album “Iowa” peaked at number three on the Billboard music charts. From this album, the band promoted three singles: “The Heretic Anthem,” “Left Behind,” and “My Plague.”

The band even found its way onto the big screen. “My Plague” was featured on the “Resident Evil” soundtrack. Additionally, Slipknot was featured in the hit film “Rollerball” performing “I Am Hated.”

However, in December of 2013, the band announced that Jordison and the band would be parting ways. This was after nearly two decades of playing together. News of Jordison’s departure from Slipknot shocked many. The reasons behind the departure have remained unconfirmed and unclear.

A Deep Sorrow, and a Tragic Loss For Music Fans

The drummer’s family stated on Tuesday that while they mourn with his fans, they ask that their privacy be honored in this difficult time.

“The family of Joey has asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time,” the statement noted. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.”