Ozzy Osbourne Tributes Slipknot Founder Joey Jordison with Photo After Drummer’s Death

by Emily Morgan

Ozzy Osbourne is speaking out following the tragic death of Slipknot’s founding member, Joey Jordison. On Wednesday, the Prince of Darkness paid tribute to Jordison in a tweet. He tweeted, “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of @JoeyJordison. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.” 

Along with the tweet, he included a pic of himself with the band. In the replies section, many of Osbourne’s followers shared his sentiment. One person writing, “RIP Joey. I got to see Slipknot when I was 16 when Joey was still a part of the band. Very excellent performance they did, and watching him drum while his part of the stage moving was awesome. It was also Paul Gray’s birthday the night I’ve went.”

In addition to Osbourne, Slipknot is now honoring their late founding drummer with a heartfelt gesture on social media. When Joey Jordison died earlier this week, many of his former bandmates have taken to a social media blackout. They’ve turned their profile photos all black and have posted entirely black images. Slipknot’s primary social media accounts have done this as well, in his memory. 

Rock Legends & Fans Mourn the Death of Joey Jordison

On Tuesday, Joey Jordison’s family issued a statement, writing that the metal icon had passed away on Monday. “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. He was 46,” the statement read. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.”

The statement added, “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.”

Although Slipknot and its members have remained quiet out about Joey Jordison’s death, many other members of the heavy metal community like Osbourne have taken to social media to offer their condolences. 

Fellow rocker and Black Veil Brides drummer Christian Coma wrote via Twitter, “The brightest stars burn out the quickest. Gutted to see the passing of Joey Jordison, and the entire metal community is feeling this devastating blow. It’s amazing how one influential person can make every musician step up their game. Please say hi to Paul for me Joey,” referring to the late Paul Gray. Gray was Slipknot’s founding bass player who died in 2010.

“Rest In Peace Joey Jordison. You changed the game with Slipknot. Brought the blast beat to the mainstream! Gave kids a groove like no other,” Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta wrote about her late friend. 

She added, “Perseverance would’ve never happened had it not been for Joey & the Slipknot camp. Condolences to his family, friends & fans. Gone too soon.”