His family confirmed the news in a statement posted earlier this evening:
“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.
“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 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.”
Rolling Stone have stated that a rep for Jordison’s family has said he died peacefully in his sleep, but did not confirm the cause of death.
Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1975. He played drums and guitar as a youngster, and prior to joining Slipknot in late 1995 played with local bands Modifidious, The Rejects and the Have Nots.
With Slipknot Jordison played on the band’s infamous demo CD Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. in 1996, and on four studio albums: 1999’s Slipknot, the classic Iowa (2001), Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004 and All Hope Is Gone four years later.
Jordison was noted for an incredibly fast and precision-tooled playing style – particularly in his double kick drumming – and in 2010 was voted best drummer in the world by the readers of Rhythm Magazine. He received 37% of the vote, ahead of the likes of Mike Portnoy and Rush‘s Neil Peart.
We will have more on this breaking story as it develops.